What is in this article?:
- Interprofessional Healthcare Education Tips
- Choosing a Variety of Educational Formats
It can be difficult to strike the right balance when educating diverse healthcare provider types. Here are some things to make the job a little easier.
Choosing a Variety of Educational Formats
Using a standalone meeting to educate a blended audience may not meet every learner’s needs. While havingpresenters who are representative of the audience members’ various professions is critical, CME/CE providers sometimes overlook other potential issues when using an all-encompassing educational setting. For example, some learners may feel intimidated when in a mixed audience, and it can be difficult to manage question-and-answer sessions from a diverse group of participants without alienating any of them. Providers might consider conducting a series of live meetings for physicians, then providing related case-based Internet enduring material for nurses, along with some downloadable print resources for pharmacists.
This allows each HCP to engage in the peer-directed content in a variety of settings. Work with your faculty experts to ensure that each activity is tailored to its audience, not simply a “light” version of the content that was clearly designed just for physicians. Provide information about how to participate in each particular activity in marketing materials and in the activities themselves. In essence, facilitate the creation of a multidisciplinary community of practice.
Measuring the Outcomes
One of the challenges providers face is obtaining funding for activities that educate a variety of healthcare professionals. Having higher levels of outcomes (Moore Levels 4, 5, or 6) can help improve those statistics. Providers should be prepared to show the linkage between the needs, gaps, and outcomes, and also highlight the similarities and differences in the outcomes based on each type of audience member. Use practitioner-specific case studies and outcomes questions, and follow-up data that validate the need for interprofessional education by demonstrating that it is effective for every learner. If performance and/or patient health improvements resulted, showcase them.
As our national healthcare initiative goes into effect, let’s continue exploring innovative methods that all provider types can use to engage and empower the growing team of professionals involved in patient care.
Ann C. Lichti, CCMEP, is the director of accreditation and compliance for Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC (PER). Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not constitute the views of PER.