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Practical issues in liaison old age psychiatry

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Andrew Teodorczuk, Dr Elizabeta Mukaetova-Ladinska, Dr Mark Welfare


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Increasingly Liaison services are expanding in the acute care setting to help meet the mental health needs of older people. With such expansion a greater expectation on these teams is placed in terms of improving key economic and healthcare outcomes. Arguably, to achieve success liaison teams must focus as much on educational activity as clinical. The results of a novel grounded theory study exploring education, liaison teams and managing the confused older patient are reported. Findings suggest a need to reconceptualise delirium and dementia education in the light of identified practice gaps. Key learning needs that emerge include ownership of the confused older patient and attitudes towards them. Conceptually, there is a need to move away from didactic disease based teaching towards whole team learning about the patient. To illustrate how to meet these learning needs a successful inter-professional education course led by Liaison teams is described. ICPM Abstracts. In the final part of the workshop an integrated educational strategy operating at individual, team and importantly organisational level is presented. The strategy is underpinned by a broader approach to education, which seeks to overcome socio cultural barriers to learning and flatten knowledge hierarchies. This integrated approach is of relevance to all liaison teams and can be adapted for use in a variety of clinical settings to drive effective educational approaches.

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Author(s): Mukaetova-Ladinska E; Welfare M; Teodorczuk A; Corbett S

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 22nd World Congress on Psychosomatic Medicine

Year of Conference: 2013

Pages: 114-115

ISSN: 0033-3190

Publisher: S. Karger AG


DOI: 10.1159/000354142

Notes: Article no. 415

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Series Title: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

ISBN: 14230348