(72/216) of all visits. Documentation of falls was higher in preventive
visits (37%) compared to acute visits (32%) and among experienced
providers (35%) vs. trainees (20%). Documentation was highest among
geriatricians at preventive visits (55%). When falls were acknowledged,
we found varying documentation of medication review, physical
and cognitive examination, orthostatics, gait evaluation, physical
therapy, gait aid prescription, and screening for vitamin D deficiency
Pre-visit screening for falls is useful only if providers
have training, opportunity and time to address falls. There is need
to educate both patients and providers about the importance of
discussing falls at outpatient visits.
Ageism among medical students
, P. Missoten
, A. Gentric
, S. Adam
, D. Somme
CRAPE, UMR 6051, Rennes, France;
Unité de Psychologie
de la Sénescence, Liège, Belgium;
Université de Bretagne
Université Rennes 1, France
Negative stereotypes concerning elderly persons are
widespread in general population. When they are adopted by health
care professionals, it can decrease the quality of care or even induce
s why medical curriculum should take the question of
ageism in consideration. Though, little is known about ageism among
medical students and its determinants.
We conducted a study on Rennes University (France)
medical students (year 2 to year 6) using on line questionnaire.
Validated tools, such as Fraboni Scale of Ageism, and innovating ones,
such as verbal fluency task about aging and youth, have been
have been compared with those obtained in Liège,
Belgium, and analyzed according to age, gender, year of study, geriatric
training and contacts with elderly persons.
Response rate was above 90%, leading to 814 replies. Replies,
especially at the verbal fluency task, demonstrate the strength of nega-
tive stereotypes, with similar results in Rennes and Liège. No effect of
courses or internship in geriatrics has been identified. Negative stereo-
types seem lower in female students, and in those who have regular
contact with elderly persons, especially if these contacts are good.
Ageism is widespread in French medical students, what-
ever the year of study. Enhancing positive contacts between elderly
persons and medical students may be an effective way to prevent it,
but may be challenging to implement. Further studies could focus on
implicit stereotypes to underplay the social desirability bias.
We need you for geriatrics!
Using YouTube videos to promote
, E. Jämsen
, N. Van Den Noortgate
, A.J. Cruz-Jentoft
UZ Leuven, Leuven, Belgium;
Hatanpää Hospital, Tampere, Finland;
UZ Gent, Gent, Belgium;
Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal,
The increasing life expectancy contributes to the ageing
of the population. This results in a growing need for physicians and
other healthcare professionals who apply the principles of geriatric
care in their daily practice. However, recruitment into the field of
geriatrics has been modest.
Students of the XIth Advanced Postgraduate Course of the
European Academy for Medicine of Ageing (EAMA) were asked to
make a video to promote geriatrics as an attractive medical specialty.
The aim of the videos is to stimulate medical students and young
doctors to choose a career as geriatrician.
Over a six-month period, three videos were made and placed
on YouTube in January 2016(https:/ /youtu.be/LEFgxmQO_Gs; https:// youtu.be/iMAbwpoaEIg
. The videos
have been promoted on social media, EUGMS website, and in
national and international geriatric conferences, as well as by mailings
to members of national geriatric societies and the EAMA network.
Geriatricians were asked to show the videos to their medical students
and young colleagues. By the end of May 2016, the videos have been
watched more than 6,000 times by individuals from more than 70
Short videos seem to be a feasible means to promote
geriatrics and can be produced even without previous experience on
making videos. Wide international audience can be captured using
YouTube. Participants of the 2016 EUGMS conference are kindly asked
to distribute the links to the videos to help us to encourage young
colleagues to find their future as geriatricians.
Effectiveness of falling prevention program for elderly people
undergoing fracture treatment in Turkey
, N. Bayraktar
, F. Erdil
Nursing Department, Cumhuriyet
University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sivas, Turkey,
Near East University Faculty of Health Sciences, Nicosia,
Department, Eastern Mediterranean University Faculty of Health
Sciences, Famagusta, TRNC
Falls cause high mortality and morbidity among elderly
people. Identification and modification of risk factors and developing
prevention strategies are necessary for falls prevention. The aim of
study was to determine the effectiveness of falling prevention program
for elderly individuals.
The study was conducted as single group intervention study.
The sample of the study included 52 patients undergoing treatment of
fracture due to falls between November 15, 2014 and August 25, 2015
with three phases. The data were collected with Personal Information
Form, Fall Risk Factors Form, Falls Prevention Knowledge Form and
Katz Activities of Daily Living Index. Ethical approval was obtained.
In first phase of implementation, basic evaluations were made in
hospital; in the second and third phases home visits were performed.
Falling prevention program was applied including evaluation of risk
factors, knowledge levels and home environment and education of
elderly people for prevention of falling. Effectiveness of the program
on falling risk factors and level of knowledge were evaluated.
With implementation of falling preventing program; percen-
tages of urinary incontinence and constipation problems and using
medicine/herbals without physicians
advice were reduced, percent-
age of using a material that prevents slipping and handrails in
bathroom and toilet and making regular exercises was increased. Fall-
related risk factors reduced and knowledge level of elderly about
prevention of falls increased.
It was determined that fall prevention program was
effective in reducing fall-related risk factors and increasing the level of
knowledge of elderly. Implementation of falling prevention programs
including home visits for elderly people was recommended.
Interprofessional education on frailty in an urgent care setting
, R. Pothini
, M. Stretton
, K. Ansari
, L. Anderson
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester,
Interprofessional education (IPE) is defined as
when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other
to improve collaboration and the quality of care
We designed and developed IPE sessions for Geriatric Emergency
Medicine (GEM) team, who care for older people with urgent care
An initial learning needs assessment was undertaken,
drawing upon perspectives of the GEM team, and supplemented by
reference to the EU GEM curriculum (Conroy 2016).
Teaching was delivered for 30 minutes once fortnightly, using an
interactive structure and following the principles of IPE including
listening and valuing each profession
Feedback was obtained after each session to rate the quality of sessions
least positive, up to 10
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