A Model for Interprofessional Learning in a Public Health Care Setting

Tuesday, 14 July 2009: 4:05 PM

Anne L. Bateman, EdD, PMHAPRN, BC
Graduate School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA

Learning Objective 1: Describe one model of interprofessional / multidisciplinary learning in healthcare.

Learning Objective 2: Identify key components of a successful interprofessional public health healthcare learning experience.

Purpose:  Effective care in hospitals and in the community requires doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients. Health care professionals working in communities understand that they cannot provide comprehensive care for all of their patients and meet the health care needs of the community through an autonomous practice model.  In view of changing trends, corresponding changes must be made in the way health care providers are educated and trained. If health care providers are expected to work together and share expertise in a team environment, it makes sense that their education and training should prepare them for this type of working arrangement. MethodsThis presentation will provide an overview about one model of interprofessional education across hospital and inpatient settings.  Results: Key components of this type of educational experience are identified. Conclusion:  Suggestions for effective team building in an interdisciplinary / interprofessional educational setting are provided.