Event Title

Introducing a Common Language in Interprofessional Education: The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF): What, Why, and How

Start Date

19-5-2012 11:45 AM

End Date

19-5-2012 12:00 PM

Description

Purpose: The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and to discuss its role in interprofessional education as a common language across health professions. This workshop will discuss its potential importance in interprofessional communication and discuss its application in our interprofessional Health Mentor curriculum. Challenges in its implementation will also be discussed.

Background: Evidence suggests that collaborative care is facilitated by clear communication and that interprofessional education (IPE) requires a conceptual framework that overrides individual disciplines. The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) provides a framework for understanding an individual’s health as multidimensional while also providing a unifying language for health professionals.

Relevance to interprofessional education or practice: In the Jefferson Health Mentors Program (HMP), students from 6 different professions participate in a two year team-based program working with a volunteer Health Mentor, a person with one or more chronic conditions or disabilities. The goal of the HMP is to teach students collaborating in interprofessional teams to value patient-centered care in the setting of chronic disease. ICF concepts are introduced into the HMP at orientation, allowing for early introduction of the multilayered view of the biopsychosocial model of care in health professions training. However, introducing a language that is unfamiliar to many of the professions involved is challenging and requires providing students with a strong foundation in ICF terminology, reinforcement of key terms throughout the two year program, and ongoing faculty development.

Workshop outline/timeframe of presentation: In this seminar, we will introduce participants to the ICF terminology and framework, showcase sample student teams’ application of ICF concepts, discuss faculty development and reveal lessons learned. The introduction and explanation of terms and concepts of ICF will be based on a case. Examples of integration will include modules from the Health Mentor Program, including interprofessional health/life history, formulation of a wellness plan, home safety visit, and approaching the health mentor with concepts of life change.

Learning Objectives: Participants in this seminar will be able to:

1. Define key WHO-ICF concepts, including disability, impairments, participation and activity

2. Provide 2 examples of how to use WHO-ICF concepts to improve the care of people with chronic conditions

3. Develop an action plan to integrate WHO-ICF language into IPE curricula

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May 19th, 11:45 AM May 19th, 12:00 PM

Introducing a Common Language in Interprofessional Education: The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF): What, Why, and How

Purpose: The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and to discuss its role in interprofessional education as a common language across health professions. This workshop will discuss its potential importance in interprofessional communication and discuss its application in our interprofessional Health Mentor curriculum. Challenges in its implementation will also be discussed.

Background: Evidence suggests that collaborative care is facilitated by clear communication and that interprofessional education (IPE) requires a conceptual framework that overrides individual disciplines. The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) provides a framework for understanding an individual’s health as multidimensional while also providing a unifying language for health professionals.

Relevance to interprofessional education or practice: In the Jefferson Health Mentors Program (HMP), students from 6 different professions participate in a two year team-based program working with a volunteer Health Mentor, a person with one or more chronic conditions or disabilities. The goal of the HMP is to teach students collaborating in interprofessional teams to value patient-centered care in the setting of chronic disease. ICF concepts are introduced into the HMP at orientation, allowing for early introduction of the multilayered view of the biopsychosocial model of care in health professions training. However, introducing a language that is unfamiliar to many of the professions involved is challenging and requires providing students with a strong foundation in ICF terminology, reinforcement of key terms throughout the two year program, and ongoing faculty development.

Workshop outline/timeframe of presentation: In this seminar, we will introduce participants to the ICF terminology and framework, showcase sample student teams’ application of ICF concepts, discuss faculty development and reveal lessons learned. The introduction and explanation of terms and concepts of ICF will be based on a case. Examples of integration will include modules from the Health Mentor Program, including interprofessional health/life history, formulation of a wellness plan, home safety visit, and approaching the health mentor with concepts of life change.

Learning Objectives: Participants in this seminar will be able to:

1. Define key WHO-ICF concepts, including disability, impairments, participation and activity

2. Provide 2 examples of how to use WHO-ICF concepts to improve the care of people with chronic conditions

3. Develop an action plan to integrate WHO-ICF language into IPE curricula