Train-the-Trainer Course for General Practitioners Identified Salient Points for Promoting Healthy Ageing – A Convergent Mixed-Methods Study release_ckmyba5udfewxik4y3a3fqtdqy

by Daya Yang, Gang Yuan, Hao Tang, Anne-Marie Hill, Wei Chen, Jingsong Wang, Ming Kuang, Haipeng Xiao, Dan Xu

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<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:bold>Background </jats:bold>General practitioners (GPs) in China are playing an increasingly important role in geriatric care. In the context of GP training in geriatrics, the current study sought to explore the perception of local GP trainers regarding how GP training can better serve the purpose of healthy ageing promotion.<jats:bold>Methods </jats:bold>In this convergent mixed-methods design study, a convenience sample of local senior GP trainers were enrolled in a Train-the-Trainer (TTT) course in Guangzhou China. A series of lectures was conducted and followed by individual surveys via an on-line platform at the end of the course with participants providing quantitative and qualitative feedback. Course satisfaction ratings and salient points with respect to the gaps and needs for GP trainers were recorded regarding healthy ageing promotion.<jats:bold>Results </jats:bold>Participants (n=20) reported high levels of overall satisfaction with the course (91.3%), and rated the course as relevant (97.5%) and contemporary (up-to-date) (96.7%).Six geriatric-related topics were presented: (1) polypharmacy and de-prescribing, (2) dementia, (3) antibiotic stewardship, (4) fall prevention and frailty assessment, (5) vaccination, (6) atrial fibrillation. Participants identified salient points for inclusion into GP training programs in each topic. These salient learning points were categorized into personal, interpersonal, and societal domains.<jats:bold> </jats:bold><jats:bold>Conclusions </jats:bold>The TTT course for GP trainers provided an excellent platform for academic exchange regarding healthy ageing promotion. Salient points identified from course feedback may inform future training, research and collaboration initiatives for GPs' roles as health advocate for the older adult population.
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