Assessment of a chief complaint-based curriculum for resident education in geriatric emergency medicine

Michael C. Wadman, William L. Lyons, Lance H. Hoffman, Robert L. Muelleman

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Introduction: We hypothesized that a geriatric chief complaint-based didactic curriculum would improve resident documentation of elderly patient care in the emergency department (ED). Methods: A geriatric chief complaint curriculum addressing the 3 most common chief complaints-abdominal pain, weakness, and falls-was developed and presented. A pre-and postcurriculum implementation chart review assessed resident documentation of the 5 components of geriatric ED care: 1) differential diagnosis/patient evaluation considering atypical presentations, 2) determination of baseline function, 3) chronic care facility/caregiver communication, 4) cognitive assessment, and 5) assessment of polypharmacy. A single reviewer assessed 5 pre-and 5 postimplementation charts for each of 18 residents included in the study. We calculated 95% confidence and determined that statistical significance was determined by a 2-tailed z test for 2 proportions, with statistical significance at 0.003 by Bonferroni correction. Results: For falls, resident documentation improved significantly for 1 of 5 measures. For abdominal pain, 2 of 5 components improved. For weakness, 3 of 5 components improved. Conclusion: A geriatric chief complaint-based curriculum improved emergency medicine resident documentation for the care of elderly patients in the ED compared with a non-age-specific chief complaint-based curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)484-488
Number of pages5
JournalWestern Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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