Between the Cracks: Designing Multidisciplinary Provider Education to Ensure Equitable Patient Care
Multi-disciplinary education has expanded in the last decade or so as a way to ensure that healthcare teams cooperate, coordinate care and communicate to make care more patient-centered, continuous and reliable.
On this episode of Write Medicine I talk with Lorna Lucas, MSM, a healthcare education professional and advocate for equitable healthcare. We discuss the role of multidisciplinary education in improving patient outcomes, the challenges in delivering and evaluating multidisciplinary education, and interventions that emerged during the early months of the COVID 19 pandemic to provide psychosocial support for both professionals and patients.
Lorna shares the need to focus on designing and delivering educational content in a holistic, equitable, and patient-centric way that fosters interdisciplinary collaborative practice.
She says, “We must look holistically at the team dynamic. It’s great to have everyone performing at the top of their medical discipline. However, coordinated care requires attention between the cracks.”
In this episode we talk about the importance of the following:
✔️ Local/onsite champions to support multidisciplinary education
✔️ Deep listening to perspectives in each discipline
✔️ Ensuring that everyone involved feels heard
✔️ Emphasizing a comprehensive team approach to address challenges, many of which are operational
✔️ Designing and delivering programs that work with everyone’s role in mind
We also touched on the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted existing disparities and inequities in education. She described how educators can play a role in providing psychosocial support for health professionals and how this support can improve patient outcomes.
This episode sponsored by CMEpalooza Fall
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