An Educational Approach to Facilitate a Compassionate, Culturally Sensitive and Interprofessionally Aware Environment within a Rehabilitative Setting

Purpose : The complexity of 21st century health care requires an interprofessional approach that is patient centered, evidence based and culturally appropriate. New educational models are required that integrate interprofessional education and practice to prepare students and clinicians for working collaboratively. However, health professions education currently occurs in silos promoting isolation of the disciplines. Literature describes the interdisciplinary core competencies that health professionsÕ students and clincians should possess, yet limited evidence exists for designing curricula to enable two or more professions to learn about and from each other regarding effective clinical care. The purpose of this special interest project is to describe the results of a collaborative partnership between a rehabilitation hospital and program of physical therapy to create an educational approach for promoting and assessing compassion and cultural sensitivity in the provision of interprofessional patient care.Description : This 2 year project was funded by a foundation to create an interprofessional educational module that included production of a DVD and a data based follow up on the impact of the module on clinical practice, interprofessional awareness and cultural sensitivity. The module was informed by 4 focus groups conducted to examine the perspectives of rehabilitation providers. Providers included 4 physical therapists, a physical therapy assistant, 2 occupational therapists, 5 nurse managers, 4 nurses, 3 nurse aids, 2 social workers, case manager, nutritionist, activities director, and director of social services. Five interviews were also conducted with patients who were currently receiving rehabilitation at the same facility. The critical questions, posed to patients and providers included:1) What constitutes compassionate and culturally sensitive patient provider interactions? 2)What role should patients/families have in shaping clinical care? 3) How can we enrich the patient provider relationship? Four themes emerged from the data:1) Compassion and Understanding; 2) Cultural Sensitivity; 3) Patient Role; and 4) Provider Role.Summary of Use : Based on the data from the focus groups and interviews, an educational DVD was created for interprofessional clinician education at a rehabilitative hospital. Currently, the second phase of the work is ongoing where survey data is being collected on a sample of interprofessional clinicians regarding their perception of the module on the development of culturally sensitive and compassionate care.Importance to Members: Our model enabled a group of interdisciplinary providers and patients to express what is meaningful regarding compassionate and culturally sensitive care in the rehabilitative setting. Based on our work, educational modules are required to shape interprofessional care which is critical for effective and quality patient outcomes.

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  • Control #: 1721607
  • Type: Platform
  • Event/Year: CSM2014
  • Authors: Lorna Hayward, Ann Marie Dwyer
  • Keywords: Interprofessional education and practice (IPEP)|Core values|Interprofessional Rehabilitation

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