Lightning Talk

An Accessible Approach to Involving Patients as Facilitators in Existing Interprofessional Education Activities: A UBC Health Example

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm CDT
patient facilitators

In 2021, an accessible approach to enhancing patient/family involvement in interprofessional education was piloted at the University of British Columbia. Using an existing capstone interprofessional activity, patient perspectives were incorporated into a workshop on collaborative decision-making to prepare students to work in our province’s emerging team-based primary care networks. The approach was informed by the pioneering work of the Patient and Community Partnership for Education, a unit within UBC Health that brings the expertise of patients, caregivers, and people with lived experience of the social determinants of health into health professional education.

Conference participants wanting to engage patients in interprofessional activities will hear an overview of our process and lessons learned. Key considerations for patient recruitment and selection, patient preparation, delivery mode choice, use of a co-facilitation model, and evaluation findings will be discussed. One of our patient co-facilitators will share their perspectives about involvement in collaborative health education.

As part of the Integrated Curriculum -- a required interprofessional component of UBC health professional curricula – this interprofessional activity reaches 1000 learners per year from 14 health professional programs, which provided a robust set of evaluation data. Results indicated that 94% of students agreed that inclusion of the patient facilitator’s perspectives helped students learn to place patients at the centre of the health care team, an approach which can help to enhance the patient experience, one of the Quadruple Aim outcomes.

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
• Outline a process to involve patients in existing interprofessional education activities
• Apply recommendations for recruitment, preparation, delivery format, and co-facilitation models when working with patient facilitators
• Reflect on a patient facilitator’s perspectives about effective involvement in interprofessional education