Collaborative Healthcare: Interprofessional Practice, Education and Evaluation (JCIPE)


Interprofessional education (IPE) is being adopted increasingly more in the health care education field. The literature cites benefits of interprofessional teamwork such as appreciation for the expertise of other health care practitioners, enhanced communication skills related to teamwork, higher quality patient care and improved patient outcomes.5,6 One of the goals of the Eastern Pennsylvania-Delaware (EPaD) Geriatric Education Center is to create geriatric interprofessional education for medical, nursing and health professions students. The Center developed an Interprofessional Clinical Skills Scenario to facilitate development of communication and collaboration skills. The Interprofessional Clinical Skills Scenario focuses on an older adult who is hospitalized for an acute stroke and is ready to be discharged from the hospital. The learning objectives for the students are to identify roles of professionals on the health care team, and to practice communication and collaboration skills through the development of a care plan and family discharge planning meeting. The Clinical Skills Scenario includes the development of care plan and conducting a family discharge planning meeting followed by feedback from standardized patient and family member, peers and faculty. The Clinical Skills Scenario was pilot tested in October 2009 with five students from medicine, nursing, occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT) and pharmacy.