Improvement in Interprofessional Student Learning and Patient Outcomes.

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Association of American Medical Colleges


College of Pharmacy

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Background Traditional health professions training programs are seeking ways to provide experiential clinical interprofessional teamwork needed for providing population care management consistent with the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model. Purpose Interprofessional faculty developed a longitudinal care management program for patients with uncontrolled diabetes, designed to provide interprofessional teamwork learning opportunities and improved patient care delivery. Methods Health professional learners participated in a longitudinal ambulatory outpatient diabetes care management program. In a quasi-experimental design, control and participating learners completed pre and post self-assessments of both teamwork skills and attitude. Control and participating patients completed a patient perception survey. Discussion Teamwork skills, as self-assessed by participating learners, significantly improved. Patient satisfaction scores significantly improved for participating patients; select patients demonstrated better diabetes control, smoking cessation, and lifestyle changes. Conclusions Linking learning and care delivery in an interprofessional longitudinal ambulatory care management program positively impacted patient satisfaction and learner teamwork skill


DOI: 10.1016/j.xjep.2017.05.003

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This study was supported by two Educational Enhancement Grants, provided by the LSUHSC-NO Academy for the Advancement of Educational Scholarship (2012?2013). This work was also awarded a 2013 recipient of the Clinical Care Innovation Challenge Award provided by a grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges.