A novel online training programme for healthcare professionals caring for older adults

Jean Pierre Michel*, Fiona Ecarnot, Hidenori Arai, Liang Kung Chen

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Abstract

The proportion of older people in the world population is growing rapidly. Training and retaining healthcare professionals in sufficient numbers in the field of ageing represents a major challenge for the future, to deal with the healthcare needs of this ageing population. The COVID pandemic has unfortunately compounded shortages of healthcare workers worldwide. There is therefore a pressing need to scale-up the education of healthcare professionals in geriatrics and gerontology. Over the last 30 years, a group of motivated geriatrics physicians from Europe have been striving to educate healthcare professionals in geriatrics and gerontology through various initiatives, and using innovative pedagogic approaches to train physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic unfortunately put a stop to presence-based training programmes, but prompted the development of the online International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) eTRIGGER (e-Training In Geriatrics and GERontology) course, a new training course in geriatrics and gerontology for healthcare professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. We outline here the history of the educational initiatives that have culminated in the roll-out of this new programme, and the perspectives for the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1763-1769
Number of pages7
JournalAging clinical and experimental research
Volume35
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2023

Keywords

  • Ageing
  • Education
  • Geriatrics
  • Gerontology
  • Healthcare workers

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