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The Management of the Development of a Geriatric-Friendly Practice Toolkit for Use in the Primary Care Setting: a Multi-Tiered Intervention to Improve the Health of Older Adults

Kulli, Victoria (2020) The Management of the Development of a Geriatric-Friendly Practice Toolkit for Use in the Primary Care Setting: a Multi-Tiered Intervention to Improve the Health of Older Adults. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

The geriatric population of the United States is growing in size at a rate faster than any other segment of the populace. Providing effective, high quality care for this aging cohort is a critical issue facing our health system. The number of geriatricians – the specialized physicians who are trained to care for this aging population – has not kept pace with the growth of the geriatric population. Geriatricians are helpful in working with the geriatric patient to provide patient- centered care, specifically working to maintain and improve the quality of life as compared to working with significantly younger populations where physicians focus more intensively on the quantity of life.

This paper examines the growth of the geriatric population, discusses the problem of the lack of geriatricians in the United States, analyzes best practices with respect to the care of the geriatric patient, and details the creation of a geriatric Toolkit by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation for use in Primary Care Practices. The goal of the Toolkit is to help the primary care practices focus on the patient’s quality, not just quantity, of life.

The public health significance of this work is that providing the best care for the geriatric patient improves not just the patient, but society as a whole. By formulating a user-friendly tool, the evidence for how to effectively care for geriatric patients can be presented to practice managers and healthcare providers in an efficient way to assist them in improving the health outcomes of geriatric patients.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kulli, Victoriavkulli@gmail.comv.kulli@pitt.edu
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFriede, Samuelfriede@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberFelter, Elizabethemfelter@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberZionts, Nancyzionts@JHF.orgUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 1 April 2020
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 58
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2020 15:44
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2020 15:44
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/38480

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