Compendium of Educational Offerings Relevant to Interprofessional Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

The Compendium of Educational Offerings Relevant to Interprofessional Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) is a result of collaboration between the North East Specialized Geriatric Services (NESGC), Seniors Care Network, and Laurentian Research Institute for Aging (LRIA). This final result of this collaboration is an extensive compendium of educational offerings divided into 3 sections:

Section 1

Freely Available Educational Offerings

Contains over 250 free resources that can be easily accessed online. These offerings vary widely in media type and include learning modules, PowerPoint presentations, lecture slides, videos, pdf documents, and conference recordings, among others.

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Section 2

Non Post-Secondary Courses or Educational Offerings with Fees

Includes more than 20 educational offerings, mostly in the form of courses that can be taken online or in a classroom setting, such as Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) in Dementia Care. These offerings have varying costs, time requirements and delivery methods.

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Section 3

Post Secondary Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or Continuing Education Programs/Courses in Ontario and Quebec

Includes over 15 CPD programs offered by colleges in Ontario and Quebec, as well as CPD programs offered by universities. Most of these programs can be completed online.

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As you will see, this compendium matches the competency statements of the Competency Framework for Interprofessional CGA as well as the Self-Assessment Tool. Once clinicians have developed their SMART learning goals using the Self-Assessment Tool, the compendium can be used to access the relevant education. Given the many educational formats available, clinicians are encouraged to choose offerings that are most appropriate for their preferred style of learning.

Section 1: Freely Available Educational Offerings

  1. Core Geriatric Knowledge Demonstrate fundamental understanding of physiological and biopsychosocial mechanisms of the aging process, age-related changes to functioning, and the impact of frailty.
    1. Apply knowledge of the clinical, socio-behavioural and functional biomedical sciences relevant to geriatric clinical practice, including but not limited to:
      1. Normal Aging
      2. Frailty
      3. Atypical presentation of disease or medical conditions in the older adult
      4. Geriatric management of the older adult with multiple, complex medical conditions
      5. Falls and mobility
      6. Immobility and its complications
      7. Cognitive function
      8. Mid cognitive impairment (MCI)
      9. Dementias including behavioural and psychological symptoms (BPSD)
      10. Mood disorders and other psychiatric manifestations
      11. Nutrition/Malnutrition
      12. Pain management
      13. Bone disorders
      14. Delirium
      15. Bowel and bladder management
      16. Metabolic disorders
    2. Demonstrate skill in working with older adults with significant functional deficits and communication challenges (e.g cognitive impairment, sensory impairment, behavioural problems or ethno-cultural pluralities).
      1. Demonstrate skill in working with older adults with significant functional deficits and communication challenges
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of medication management, including but not limited to:
      1. Demonstrate knowledge of medication management
      2. Complete a detailed Best Possible Medication History and perform medication reconciliation.
      3. Promote adherence to a prescribed drug regimen.
        • No identified educational resources for this behavioural statement at this time, if you have a resource in this area please contact Kelly Kay at kkay@nhh.ca.
      4. Identify potentially inappropriate medication for an older adult patient.
      5. Recognize polypharmacy.
    4. Demonstrate knowledge of currently accepted recommendations for primary and secondary prevention of common geriatric syndromes:
      1. Demonstrate knowledge of currently accepted recommendations for primary and secondary prevention of common geriatric syndromes
    5. Demonstrate an awareness of the limitations of the scientific literature with regard to generalizability and applicability to a frail older population.
      1. No identified educational resources for this behavioural statement at this time, if you have a resource in this area please contact Kelly Kay at kkay@nhh.ca.
  2. Screening, Assessment, and Risk Identification Gather patient medical and social history and clinical data in sufficient depth to inform care planning and effective clinical decision making.
    1. Identify and explore issues to be addressed in a patient encounter including the patient’s context and preferences.
      1. Identify and explore issues to be addressed in a patient encounter including the patient’s context and preferences
    2. Conduct an assessment within identified domains of the CGA using clinical acumen in conjunction with standardized, valid, reliable instruments as appropriate.
      1. Abuse
      2. Alcohol Use
      3. Behavioural Issues
      4. Bone Disorders
      5. Bowel/Bladder Management
      6. Care Setting
      7. Cognition
      8. Delirium