Integrated health services are proposed as a strategy to manage and deliver care across various sectors throughout an individual’s lifespan (WHO, 2015). New models of care require different models of learning, as there are limitations in current healthcare providers’ abilities to support integrated health service delivery (Chehade et al., 2016). Interprofessional education (IPE) is recommended as a critical strategy in preparing the healthcare workforce for integrated service delivery models (Bookey-Bassett et al., 2022). However, it is unclear how IPE is incorporated to support the development of the current workforce for integrated care.
A qualitative descriptive study was undertaken to determine key informants’ perceptions and experiences of IPE in preparing current healthcare professionals to work in hospital-to-home integrated care programs in Ontario, Canada. This work aligns with Theme 1 - Interprofessional Learning for Collaborative Practice and Education as a key foundation to integrated care. This talk highlights findings from Individual interviews conducted with leaders of integrated care programs across the province. Data analysis followed a thematic analysis approach (Braun & Clarke, 2006). Findings were interpreted through the lens of an interprofessional learning continuum model (Institute of Medicine, 2015) and specific competencies for integrated care (Langins and Borgermans, 2015).
The presentation includes: a description of the participating Integrated care programs; key themes reflecting participants’ understanding and experiences of IPE within the context of hospital to home integrated care programs; participants’ perceptions of how IPE supports integrated care; barriers and facilitators to implementing IPE in hospital to home integrated care programs; and implications for health professions’ continuing education and integrated healthcare leaders in various practice settings.
As new models of hospital to home integrated care evolve in Ontario, IPE should be incorporated and adapted to meet the changing needs of patient populations, shifting roles of health care providers, and integrated care frameworks.
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.