One of many challenges to developing collaborative interprofessional teams is the lack of a common language that diverse professional groups can effectively use to communicate. Care professionals also approach each patient/client case through the frameworks and specialized languages/narratives of their own disciplines, posing challenges to efficient and effective care. The Kawa (Japanese for River) Model was developed to mitigate problems and blind-spots that can occur when health professionals from diverse disciplines attempt to deliver best practice care in concert with their diverse care team members. The Kawa Model uses a metaphor of nature - a river, to depict the patient/client's experience of everyday life in the context of their life journey. By making the patient/client's narrative of their experiences of health and well-being, told in their own words, the central focus of concern, team members can connect/reconcile their insights and interventions to what matters most - the patient/client's real world of health and daily living realities. Concomitantly, team members can appreciate the roles that each professional on the team offers to the care of the the patient/client. The Lightning Talk will explain the main components of the Kawa Model and present a simple case demonstrating the model's application. The model's efficacy in interprofessional education and collaborative team care will be described. Evidence of the model's effectiveness in enhancing team collaboration and communication will be examined as well as the current challenges and limitations of the model and its applications.
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.