Incorporating scientific literature and evidenced-based recommendations into practice are requirements of all healthcare professionals. This is particularly important in the current ‘digital age’, when patients have easy access to health-related information and frequently conduct their own online searching. This often leads to patients coming to healthcare encounters with information or questions related to their issues of concern, and can include varying levels of reputable evidence related to potential preventative or treatment solutions. Similarly, healthcare professionals will conduct their own literature searching and must be prepared to share findings and recommendations from their profession with other healthcare team members.
This Lightning Talk will discuss effective strategies for preparing health science learners to best address the healthcare concerns and accompanying literature often found by their colleagues and patients. The discussion will provide various techniques that allow healthcare learners to present reputable scientific information to other members of the team in a constructive manner that is considerate of information brought by each team member (including the patient). It will also present an overview of how to effectively structure an IPE event that allows learners to practice these conversations with each other and standardized patients. This session directly aligns with the theme of Building the IPE Case Through Information, Evidence, and Outcomes as students need to learn how to navigate the myriad information available to themselves and patients, while providing patient education on quality evidence that can support their best outcome. Attendees of this session will walk away with a plan of how they can best support their learners’ incorporation of scientific literature and evidenced-based recommendations into patient counseling and education sessions. It will also allow them to consider strategies for including multiple healthcare professions in these patient education sessions and effectively utilizing the knowledge and skills each profession can contribute to these discussions.