How to Prepare Interprofessional Teams in Two Weeks: An Innovative Education Program Nested in Telehealth

Tina Sweeney Haney, Karen Kott, Carolyn M. Rutledge, Bruce Britton, Christianne Nesbitt Fowler, Rebecca D. Poston
2018 International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship  
Problem: Preparing health professional students for interprofessional collaborative practice, especially at a distance where provider shortages prevail remains difficult. Approach: A two-week interprofessional education (IPE) immersion experience preparing students from 11 disciplines and four universities was implemented. Week-one, using online technology, students develop/present an interprofessional careplan for a complex patient. Students then meet face-to-face to conduct group interviews
more » ... th two standardized patient dyads. Week-two, students develop a website for use of the patient dyads. Websites are presented to faculty and fellow students via an online virtual meeting space. Outcomes: To date, 594 students have participated demonstrating capacity to: 1.effectively engage in interprofessional care, 2. utilize Telehealth to impact care and break down barriers of isolation, and 3. implement skills to advance healthcare. Conclusion: IPE combined with Telehealth technology provides future providers with knowledge and skills for interprofessional care regardless of geographic barriers. Next Step: Integrate more technology using mobile devices and enhance the evaluation process.
doi:10.1515/ijnes-2017-0040 pmid:29351085 fatcat:jwlrvcnnivdqjp3n3wysqncxqm