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Interprofessional and team-based continuing education for health professionals

Author(s): Biljana Gjorgjeska

Journal: European Medical, Health and Pharmaceutical Journal
ISSN 1804-5804

Volume: 4;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Continuing education | Health professionals

The benefits of implementing interprofessional and teambasedprograms are well recognized. However, for interprofessionaleducation to be effective and broadly implemented, the health professions, policymakers, insurers, academicinstitutions, health care providers, and regulatory bodies should embrace and adopt a new, interprofessional educationframework. These stakeholders should create a shared value and vision for interprofessional health professionsÂ’ education,research, and practice. This vision should be patientorientedand contain a measurable component across the entireeducational continuum, from admission into a health professional program through retirement. Such a framework wouldmaximize and value the strengths of individual professions in the integrated delivery of high quality care. Finally, in creatinga successful model, a series of questions should be considered: how best can team competence be measured, how should individual behavioral changes be documented when we think of individual rather than teamlevel changes, how do we create and measure performance criteria based on shared understanding and experience in the practice setting? Within academic settings, there are more specific barriers including a lack of administrative support, financial and humanresources for interprofessional education, conflicts in schedules and health professionsÂ’ curricula, and limitations to thetime required to plan and implement faculty development for interprofessional learning. Finally, despite progress, thereremain regulatory and professional barriers to achieving full and meaningful implementation of effective models. Recommendationswhich are given emphasize that investing in research to evaluate the efficacy of continuing education and itsimpact on patient outcomes and the healthcare delivery system is inherent in this process.
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