ECHO-Chicago Geriatrics: Using Telementoring to 'Geriatricize' the Primary Care Workforce

Gerontology & Geriatrics Education (02/01/19) Jafari, Pari; Kostas, Tia; Levine, Stacie; et al.

Researchers from the University of Chicago sought to assess the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO)-Chicago Geriatrics intervention, a continuing education initiative that offers a novel strategy for improving subspecialists and community healthcare providers' (HCPs) self-efficacy and frequency of geriatrics-centered practice behaviors. ECHO was designed to help HCPs treat the growing geriatric population through videoconferencing technology for didactic and case-discussion sessions. The investigators asked participants to complete eight to 12 educational telementoring sessions between February 2016 and October 2017. Of the participants, 89 HCPs qualified to complete the before and after surveys on self-efficacy and frequency of practice behaviors, and 62 completed them. According to the data, self-efficacy rose substantially for all 15 geriatrics competencies after the HCPs participated in the intervention, and the frequency of eight out of 11 queried geriatrics-centered practice behaviors increased as well.

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