Education and Training of Community Health Professionals and Service Providers

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					CHAPTER 11



         Education and Training of
         Community Health Professionals
         and Service Providers

         Judith L. Howe




                                BACKGROUND
The aging of the United States population and the resulting imperative for
training in geriatrics has been well documented (American Geriatrics Society
Core Writing Group of the Task Force on the Future of Geriatric Medicine,
2005). The population 65 and over will increase from 35 million in 2000 to
40 million in 2010 (a 15% increase) and then to 55 m
				
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Description: The well-publicized and looming shortage of health care providers with a specialization in geriatrics has galvanized a collaborative effort among health policy experts, advocates for seniors, academic health centers, government agencies, and private foundations to increase recruitment in the field of geriatrics, argue for better reimbursement and incentives, and work with medical schools and residency programs to integrate geriatric topics into the training programs of relevant medical subspecialties. [...] in light of the reality that there will never be enough geriatricians or geriatric specialists in nursing, social work, and other allied health professions, increased attention has been focused on enhancing the geriatric knowledge of health care professionals who provide frontline care for the elderly in the community (Americans for Nursing Shortage Relief, 2007; Resnick, 2007).
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