Our team developed the Interprofessional Intervention Opportunities Tool (IIOT) for the Unity Clinic, an interprofessional student-run clinic in Oklahoma City. IIOT is a one-page color-coded reference tool that lists common diabetes symptoms and disciplines that can intervene per symptom. The goal of the IIOT is to enable students to think beyond stereotypes of their current and future healthcare team members and allow them to see real-world examples that are within each profession's scope of practice. This tool was approved for use within our student clinics and could potentially be modified and tailored to use with other frequently encountered diagnoses in other community clinics.
Interprofessional learning and collaborative practice are most effective when healthcare practitioners are knowledgeable regarding the scope of each discipline represented on their team. However, with competing priorities and filled patient panels, it can be challenging for practitioners to recognize how another profession can assist a patient. With complicated diseases like diabetes, the patient's outcome can be adversely affected by not providing holistic, evidence-based care from a team of healthcare professionals. The IIOT can facilitate conversations around roles and responsibilities and potentially encourage both interprofessional learning and collaborative practice.
The CDC estimates that as of 2020, 10.5% of the US population has diabetes. However, 7.3 million of that estimate are currently undiagnosed (CDC). Therefore, current and future healthcare practitioners need to provide care to a population which often requires a multifaceted and collaborative approach to improve outcomes. The creation of this tool was intended to assist new and experienced healthcare practitioners to quickly relay all the diverse ways each healthcare profession can intervene with a specific diagnosis in order to facilitate collaborative care.
Centers for Disease Control National Diabetes Statistics Report 2020; National Institutes of Health.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (OICPD). The OICPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The National Center OICPD is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs). This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their participation.
Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.
Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.
Athletic Trainers: This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.