Hearing Care for Elders: A Personal Reflection on Participatory Action Learning With Primary Care Providers Purpose This report is a reflective critical narrative of the authors' experience with an interdisciplinary collaboration of primary care providers (PCPs) and hearing health care providers (HHCPs) that followed the principles of participatory action research/learning. The goal for this report is to describe the 1st author's observed barriers to PCPs' ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   March 01, 2015
Hearing Care for Elders: A Personal Reflection on Participatory Action Learning With Primary Care Providers
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lorienne M. Jenstad
    University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Martha Donnelly
    University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Lorienne M. Jenstad: ljenstad@audiospeech.ubc.ca
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   March 01, 2015
Hearing Care for Elders: A Personal Reflection on Participatory Action Learning With Primary Care Providers
American Journal of Audiology, March 2015, Vol. 24, 23-30. doi:10.1044/2014_AJA-14-0051
History: Received October 3, 2014 , Revised November 17, 2014 , Accepted November 21, 2014
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 2015, Vol. 24, 23-30. doi:10.1044/2014_AJA-14-0051
History: Received October 3, 2014; Revised November 17, 2014; Accepted November 21, 2014
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Purpose This report is a reflective critical narrative of the authors' experience with an interdisciplinary collaboration of primary care providers (PCPs) and hearing health care providers (HHCPs) that followed the principles of participatory action research/learning. The goal for this report is to describe the 1st author's observed barriers to PCPs' willingness to learn about hearing health care and the subsequent facilitators to learning.

Method A team of PCPs and HHCPs created the “Communication: Hearing Loss in Elders” educational module. The module included (a) prereading developed from a combination of literature reviews and contextual factors and (b) a case study.

Results The authors present the list of topics included in the module, and they reflect on why and how these topics were deemed important by the team. In particular, 2 topics were identified for motivating PCPs' behavior regarding hearing health care: (a) the overlap in symptoms and possible causation among depression, dementia, and hearing loss and (b) how hearing can affect efficiency of care regarding other health issues.

Conclusions This personal reflective narrative gives the authors' opinions about what can make for a successful collaboration and presents some hypotheses regarding information that may motivate behavior change with regard to hearing care.

Acknowledgments
The following individuals all made significant contributions to the learning module “Care for Elders: Communication: Hearing Loss in Elders”: Sara Alberni, Jacquie Bailey, Marcia Carr, Daniela Chifor, Andrea Cosentino, Janet Kushner Kow, Adrian Lister, Margaret McPhee, and Barbara Purves.
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