Introducing Multiprofessional Team Practice and Community-Based Health Care Services into the Curriculum: A Challenge for Health Care Educators*

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Abstract

As our health care system changes, our educational curriculum for health care providers needs to be redesigned and focused on the delivery of multiprofessional, community-centered, and primary/prevention health care. This article describes the development and outcome of several multiprofessional courses that have been offered across curricula in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Professional Psychology, and Allied Health. Multiprofessional student teams visited families in their homes and consulted on treatment plans. These clinical experiences helped foster collaborative attitudes between allied health, nursing, medical, and professional psychology students, and expanded their perspective of community-based health care services. There were challenges on multiple levels during the creation of these courses, and their success required a committed administration, flexible faculty members, and equal student participation.

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