Specialties - Southern Medical Association

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Adapting Existing Resources for Serious Illness Communication Skills Training for Internal Medicine Residents

Objectives: Goals of care discussions are a vital component of patient care, but Internal Medicine residents receive limited training in these skills. Existing curricula often require simulated patients or faculty development, limiting implementation in many residency programs. Thus, we developed and implemented a curriculum leveraging existing educational resources with the...

Posted in: End-of-life and Palliative Care of the Elderly1

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Implications of Frailty among Men with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

Objectives: Frailty is associated with adverse outcomes, but little is known of the impact of frailty on patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). This study sought to determine the prevalence of frailty, based on quantitative assessment, and assessed its potential impact on outcomes among community-dwelling men with ICDs. Methods: A...

Posted in: Other Primary Geriatric Topics2

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Trauma Providers’ Perceptions of Frailty Assessment: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs

Objectives: Quality improvement in geriatric trauma depends on timely identification of frailty, yet little is known about providers’ knowledge and beliefs about frailty assessment. This study sought to understand trauma providers’ understanding, beliefs, and practices for frailty assessment. Methods: We developed a 20-question survey using the Health Belief Model of...

Posted in: Other Primary Geriatric Topics2