Authors: Shawn Drake, Rebecca Mathews and Beverly Parker
The Healthy Ager Program provides an interprofessional learning experience for health professions students at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Using the Seamless Care Model of Interprofessional Education, faculty paired student teams with community dwelling older adults in order to teach collaboration skills as they provided patient-centered care. Qualitative analysis of student reflection journals revealed that the program met the four core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice as reported by an Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel in 2011 and supports the 2003 Institute of Medicine recommendations for health professions education.
Keywords: interprofessional teams, patient-centered care, Seamless Care Model, community dwelling older adults, general inductive approach