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Integrating Neuropsychology into Interprofessional Geriatrics Clinics.

Authors
  • Brunette, Amanda M1
  • Rycroft, Sarah Seligman1
  • Colvin, Leigh1
  • Schwartz, Andrea Wershof2, 3, 4, 5
  • Driver, Jane A2, 3, 4, 5
  • Nothern, Alexandra2
  • Harrington, Mary Beth2, 3
  • Jackson, Colleen E1, 6
  • 1 Psychology Service, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA.
  • 2 Division of Geriatrics & Palliative Care, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA.
  • 3 New England Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), Boston Division, Boston, MA, USA.
  • 4 Harvard Medical School, Department of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA.
  • 5 Brigham & Women's Hospital, Division of Aging, Boston, MA, USA.
  • 6 Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of clinical neuropsychology : the official journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
Publication Date
Feb 22, 2022
Volume
37
Issue
3
Pages
545–552
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/arclin/acab084
PMID: 34718368
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Interprofessional healthcare teams are increasingly viewed as a clinical approach to meet the complex medical, psychological, and psychosocial needs of older adult patients. Despite the fact that older adults are at risk for cognitive difficulties, neuropsychologists are not routinely included on Geriatrics consult teams. The primary aim of this paper is to highlight the utility of neuropsychology within an interprofessional Geriatrics consult clinic. To address this aim, we describe specific benefits to patient care that may be associated with the inclusion of neuropsychologists on Geriatrics consult teams, including differential diagnosis, enhanced patient care, and reduced barriers to care. We provide a description of the integration of neuropsychology within a Veterans Health Administration (VA) interprofessional Geriatrics consult clinic team in order to illustrate the implementation of this model. Published by Oxford University Press 2021.

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