Whole person health: Using experiential learning and the ICF model as a tool for introductory interprofessional collaborative practice

Audrey M. Johnson, Leslie N. Woltenberg, Susanna H. Heinss, Ramona Carper, Stacy Taylor, Janice Kuperstein

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Abstract

Background: The International Classification of Functioning (ICF) model is recommended for interprofessional use to define, measure, and create health and disability policy. Our goal was to expand a uniprofessional student learning experience into an interprofessional experiential clinical learning experience focused on the ICF model. Methods: An experiential interprofessional education program was developed for Physical Therapy (PT), Physician Assistant (PA), and Pharmacy students. Student teams interviewed a community mentor from a senior living community outside of class to explore their mentor's health journey, assess quality of life, and perform an environmental safety assessment. In this pilot study, students completed an anonymous, unique-identifier electronic survey with open response items pre- and post-experience. Data were coded using inductive thematic analysis. Results: Four themes emerged: learning about other professions (scope of practice), mentor's experiences with health care, treating the whole person, and improving team effectiveness. All four Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) competencies mapped to the data broadly indicating this learning experience meets interprofessional educational requirements. Conclusions: Student teams deepened their understanding of their community mentor's health and valued the interprofessional knowledge gained. Using the common lens of the ICF, students' understanding and appreciation of other disciplines emerged and students began to see their mentors from a more holistic perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-92
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of allied health
Volume49
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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