Healthcare practitioners take on the responsibility of helping clients maintain or improve their quality of life. Interprofessional collaboration is a key aspect of treating clients in order to provide them with the best possible care. Each healthcare profession has their own therapeutic process, yet they compliment each other very well. The state of the research shows that high functioning healthcare teams can improve the quality of care provided to clients by decreasing communication failures and reducing medical errors (Babikar, et al., 2014; Rosen et al., 2018; Smith, et al., 2018). The aim of the Interprofessional Team Immersion (IPTI) was to provide University of New England and Rosalind Franklin University students with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each healthcare profession and have a chance to practice communication skills in a telehealth setting. The current group included students from occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, osteopathic medicine, allopathic medicine, dental hygiene, and nursing programs. The immersion consisted of 10 total hours, 80 minutes of which were dedicated to direct patient care with client actors. At the end of IPTI, students concluded that they felt more confident defining the roles and responsibilities of other healthcare professionals. It was evident that communication played a key role in the successful approaches the team took, and having opportunities to get to know one another outside of patient simulations allowed the team to build trust, leadership, and cohesion (Cohen-Konrad et. al, 2014). Students also felt that their motivational interviewing skills and ability to navigate difficult client interactions improved because of the IPTI experience.
Dental Hygiene | Interprofessional Education | Nursing | Occupational Therapy | Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy | Physical Therapy | Social Work
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