Virtual Interprofessional Education: Team Collaboration in Discharge Planning Simulation

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Prof Case Manag. 2024 Mar 1. doi: 10.1097/NCM.0000000000000717. Online ahead of print.


PURPOSE OF STUDY: This study assessed the effectiveness of a virtual interprofessional education (IPE) discharge planning simulation, focusing on collaborative patient education, and recommendations for hospital discharge.

PRIMARY PRACTICE SETTING: An acute care hospital.

METHODOLOGY AND SAMPLE: The study utilized a virtual IPE discharge planning simulation for health care students from six different programs. The simulation involved prebriefing, icebreaker, team meeting, patient interaction, and debriefing. Assessment included pre- and post-IPE surveys that included the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Competency Self-Assessment Tool, and video analysis using the Modified McMaster-Ottawa Rating Scale.

RESULTS: Student participants from diverse health care programs (n =143) included nursing (n = 20), occupational therapy (n = 21), physical therapy (n = 42), physician assistant (n = 38), respiratory therapy (n = 3), and social work (n = 19). All programs except respiratory therapy showed significant improvement in IPEC Competency scores post-IPE, with positive outcomes for understanding other professions' roles. Students' self-reported perceptions of team performance were rated highly in various categories. Video analysis demonstrated strong interrater reliability for team scores.

IMPLICATIONS FOR CASE MANAGEMENT PRACTICE: Effective hospital discharge planning is vital for cost reduction and patient care improvement. IPE emphasizes collaborative learning among health care students. Previous studies highlight positive outcomes from IPE discharge planning, including virtual formats. This virtual IPE discharge planning simulation significantly improved students' understanding and collaboration competencies, evident in increased IPEC scores across five professions.

PMID:38421733 | DOI:10.1097/NCM.0000000000000717

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