Dental Assistant: Oral Health and Interprofessional Collaboration: The Team Approach to Geriatric Care

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About Course #L0872

Release Date: September 11, 2017

Expiration Date: September 10, 2020

Older adults generally have multiple medical problems, and no single medical issue can be evaluated and treated in isolation. Approximately 75 million people in the United States have two or more conditions that last a year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living, or both.

In order to treat this population effectively, collaboration with the patient's nonoral healthcare professionals such as their primary care provider, family members, and social workers, among others, is necessary in order to coordinate care and deliver optimal treatment.

This basic-level course, appropriate for dentists, hygienists, and assistants, reviews how interprofessional collaboration leads to improved treatment outcomes for the dental and medical patient.

AGD Subject Code: 752

Course Objectives

  • Identify the need for interprofessional collaboration among healthcare providers of older adult patients.
  • Recognize strategies used by the Boston Medical Center Geriatrics model for successful interprofessional collaboration.
  • Identify medical issues experienced by geriatric and medically complex patients and how to communicate with them, their families, and their healthcare teams in order to provide the best care and treatment outcomes.
  • Recognize strategies that lead to ideal collaboration of healthcare providers.

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health and Science University. After working for four years as a general dentist in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Powers returned to New York City to serve as lead dentist for Phoenix House Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, where she provided comprehensive treatment for the residents of a rehabilitation facility. In this capacity, she performed simple and surgical extractions and root canals and placed crowns, bridges, and removable prosthodontics. Dr. Powers created the protocol for the day-to-day management of the clinic and became especially adept at treating anxious patients.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

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