DPT Student Self-Assessment of the Section on Geriatrics of the APTA Essential Competencies in the Care of Older Adults at the Completion of the Entry-level Physical Therapist Professional Program of Study.

Purpose/Hypothesis : The purpose of this study was to determine if the DPT students at a private university in the classes of 2012-2014 felt they met the Essential Competencies in the Care of Older Adults as developed by the APTA Section on Geriatrics now known as the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.Number of Subjects : DPT students, N=114, classes of 2012-2014 after the completion of their degree requirements.Materials/Methods : The DPT students were sent an e-mail with a link to an electronic survey which used a Likert scale developed by the researcher based on the Essential Competencies in the Care of Older Adults, the test-retest reliability was .66-1.00.Results : : The survey yielded 90 completed surveys, with a response rate of 79%. 66% had at least 2 of their 4 internships in a setting caring for older adults. 88% of the students had at least 3 of their 4 internships in a setting with the majority of the patient population being older adults. 12% of students had at least one CI that was a GCS. 78 % of the students had CIs with at least 6 years of professional experience, while 37% had CIs with at least 6 years of experience caring for older adults. Overall the mean response for the Likert questions was 1.73 with a mode of 1. The lowest mean was 1.45 in Domain 4, Interdisciplinary and Team Care, the highest was 1.9 in Domain 6, Healthcare Systems and Benefits. Significant relationships (p<.01) were found between the CIÕs years of experience caring for older adults and providing information on: Medicare (r=.97), Medicaid (r=.96), VA services (r=.85), Sub-acute care (r=.82), nursing facilities (r=.81), social security (r=.81), hospice (r=.79), home care (r=.79), hospitals (r=.79), assisted living (r=.78); assessing caregiver knowledge of disease risk and clinical experience of the CI (r=.80), CIÕs years of experience caring for older adults (r=.81); clinical experience of the CI and providing information on social security (r=.82).Conclusions : The DPT students in the classes of 2012 to 2014 from a private university taught in a traditional lectured based format by an experienced and actively practicing GCS felt competent in the care of older adults. They felt the most confident with Interdisciplinary and Team Care and least confident in Healthcare Systems and Benefits. The CIs years of experience caring for older adults seemed to have had an effect on the confidence level of the DPT students caring for older adults upon their completion of their entry level DPT.Clinical Relevance : DPT programs should consider having the geriatric content taught by an actively practicing GCS and consider the years of experience that a CIs has caring for older adults to give the DPT students the best opportunity to feel confident in providing competent care. The survey used in this study cold be used by other DPT programs to assess their geriatric content in relation to the the competencies set by the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.

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  • Control #: 2024725
  • Type: Poster
  • Event/Year: CSM2015
  • Authors: Tracey L. Collins
  • Keywords: Geriatric Competencies|Entry-level DPT

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