Communication Program Significantly Changed Resident Attitude, Anxiety About Older Adults

Healio/Orthopedics Today—July 11, 2016

Healio/Orthopedics Today reports on a recent Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) program to enhance the communication skills of orthopedic surgery residents and older adult patients. Results indicate that residents who participated in the program experienced significant changes in attitude and anxiety levels toward older adults.

Charles N. Cornell, MD, clinical director of orthopedic surgery at HSS, notes, "The take-home message is that physicians must be taught communication skills. These are as important as the skills of the physical exam and formulation of the differential diagnosis."

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