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Talking with Older Patients about Sensitive Topics

A mature woman sits by windows in her home, holding a prescription pill bottle and a tablet.

About This Activity

Program Overview

It can be difficult to talk with older patients about sensitive topics such as bladder control and sexual health. Yet addressing these issues is a necessary part of managing your patients’ health and well-being. Ultimately, having these discussions may help improve their quality of life. 

Educational Objectives

After completing this internet enduring material, participants should be able to:

• Identify and overcome common obstacles in communicating with geriatric patients.

• Recognize additional communication challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Address communication barriers, especially those related to urinary incontinence and sexual health.


Brandon K. Koretz, MD, MBA

Co-Chief of Division of Geriatric Medicine

Carol and Jim Collins Endowed Chair

Professor of Clinical Medicine

David Geffen School of Medicine

University of California, Los Angeles

Enduring Material Details

Released On

August 11, 2020

Expires On

August 13, 2021

Media Type

Internet enduring material

Completion Time

60 minutes

Credit Available

Maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians and all those involved in geriatric patient care.

Disclosure Policy

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, course directors, planners, moderators, faculty, and all others in control of the educational content of the continuing education activity must disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies that they may have had within the past 24 months. If an individual refuses to disclose financial relationships, they will be disqualified from being a part of the planning and implementation of the activity. Owners and/or employees of an ineligible company with business lines or products relating to the content of the activity will not be permitted to participate in the planning or execution of any accredited program. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies listed for individuals in control of content have been mitigated. A complete listing of disclosures for this activity is below.

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Commercial Interest

Nature of Financial Relationship

What Was Received

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Course Co-Director

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Course Co-Director

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Scripps CME Committee

CME approval, all final decision-making on courses

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Scripps Conference Services & CME

Plan, manage, implement, and reconcile activity

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Accreditation and Conflict of Interest Mitigation


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Scripps Health and Blue Shield of California. Scripps Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Scripps Health designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses and Nurse Practitioners

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

For the purpose of re-licensure, the California Board of Registered Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for attendance at structured learning activities offered by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certified Program (AANPCP) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Physician Assistants

PAs may claim a maximum of 1 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Resolution of Conflicts of Interest (COI)

Scripps Health is required by ACCME to identify, evaluate, and mitigate all potential conflicts of interest. Scripps Health has identified and mitigated all COI prior to the start of this activity using a multi-step process including independent peer review of all presentations.

Event details

Content Available

Mon, Aug 10, 2020 - Fri, Aug 13, 2021

1 hour