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Communicating with Geriatric Patients


Format(s):   Home-study
Discipline(s):   Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy
Contact Hours:   4
Registration Fee:   $36

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:
1. Summarize how ageism can influence both patients and physicians.
2. List tips to enhance communication with a patient who has lost some hearing.
3. Explain considerations when communicating diagnoses and treatment plans for patients with chronic conditions.
4. Describe how cultural differences have an impact on how patients view doctors and medicine.
5. Become familiar with communication techniques when working with a confused or cognitively impaired patient.

Confirmation Notes
How to Take This Course:
1 View Course Worksheet - View the course worksheet or print it out to review later
2 Read the Course Material - As you read through, mark your answers on the course worksheet to be prepared for the exam
3 Take Exam - You must a achieve a score of 70% or higher in order to earn credit for the course.
You don't need to pay for an exam until AFTER you pass it.
The board approval status information is provided based on our current understanding of the licensing agencies. Please note that it is the responsibility of each licensee to verify acceptance of our courses with their licensing agency.
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Course Syllabus/Outline
Considering Health Care Perceptions 0.32 Contact Hours
Understanding Older Patients 0.44 Contact Hours
Obtaining the Medical History 0.40 Contact Hours
Encouraging Wellness 0.28 Contact Hours
Talking About Sensitive Subjects 0.80 Contact Hours
Supporting Patients With Chronic Conditions 0.28 Contact Hours
Breaking Bad News 0.28 Contact Hours
Working With Diverse Older Patients 0.20 Contact Hours
Including Families and Caregivers 0.20 Contact Hours
Talking With Patients About Cognitive Problems 0.52 Contact Hours
Keeping the Door Open 0.28 Contact Hours
Total = 4 Contact hours
Instructional Level: Basic

Ongoing communication is key to working effectively with your older patient. This course will introduce skills that are essential in caring for older patients and their families. Paying attention to communication increases the odds of greater health for your patient and satisfaction for you both.
You don't need to pay for an exam until AFTER you pass it.

Dates and Locations
Register Address:   Home-study
Dates:   01-01-2050 - 01-01-2050, 12:00AM 12:00AM