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Partnership for Health in Aging

Multidisciplinary Competencies in the Care of Older Adults at the Completion of the Entry-level Health Professional Degree

In June 2008, the American Geriatrics Society convened a meeting of 21 organizations representing healthcare professionals who care for older adults to discuss how these organizations could work together to:

  • advance recommendations from the 2008 Institute of Medicine Report, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, and
  • advocate for ways to meet the healthcare needs of the nation’s rapidly growing older population.

This meeting led to the development of a loose coalition – the Partnership for Health in Aging (PHA) – that identified as its first step the development of a set of core competencies in the care of older adults that are relevant to and can be endorsed by all health professional disciplines.

A workgroup of healthcare professionals with experience in competency development, certification, and accredita- tion was convened in February 2009. Workgroup members represent ten healthcare disciplines:

  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistants
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

The workgroup began with a comprehensive matrix of competencies across these ten disciplines. (Note: These disciplines are currently at different stages in developing discipline-specific geriatrics competencies). Through an iterative process, the workgroup drafted a set of baseline competencies that were circulated among more than 25 professional organizations for review and comment.

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