Lightning Talk

Ontario Hospital to Home Integrated Care Programs: Implications for Workplace Interprofessional Education

Monday, August 22, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT
interprofessional education

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.