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Twelve tips for teaching about patients with cognitive impairment

Lookup NU author(s): Dr James Fisher, Dr Ellen Tullo


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© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group The global population is ageing and consequently cognitive problems are increasingly prevalent. To ensure that the healthcare needs of this complex group are met, healthcare professionals must receive adequate training in this field. There are, however, a variety of reasons why this is not currently being achieved, including, but not limited to: ethical and logistical issues relating to the delivery of educational experiences involving cognitively impaired patients; a failure of curricula to keep pace with the changing demographic; societal and institutional ageism; and the inherent complexity of the conditions. This article highlights challenges associated with the delivery of such training to medical undergraduates and presents strategies to tackle these. Drawing on current evidence where available, the 12 tips below offer educators practical advice on how to maximize the value of medical undergraduates’ educational experiences with cognitively impaired patients.

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Author(s): Fisher JM, Tullo E, Chan K, Teodorczuk A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Medical Teacher

Year: 2017

Volume: 39

Issue: 5

Pages: 452-457

Online publication date: 01/03/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

ISSN (print): 0142-159X

ISSN (electronic): 1466-187X

Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd


DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1288863


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