QU’s Interprofessional Health Education Committee Hosts ECI on Patient-Centered Care

Doha: The Qatar Interprofessional Health Education (IPEC) Academic Committee, comprised of representatives from all the different health schools in Qatar, recently held its fifth Interprofessional Activity (IPE) for the 2021/2022 academic year on the theme ‘Introduction to Interprofessional Education – Person-Centered Care.’

The virtual activity saw 62 students and nine facilitators in attendance.

Students from different health care programs at Qatar University participated in this activity ranging from physiotherapy and rehabilitation sciences, pharmacy and public health.

This IPE activity aims to introduce the concept of interprofessional education.

The session began with an introductory video by lead facilitator Dr. Lily O’Hara, Associate Professor of Public Health in the College of Health Sciences, who presented an introductory video before discovery interviews were held. conducted to learn more about, from and with other healthcare professionals. disciplines within the group.

A case study was presented to the students on the mental health of a 23-year-old woman.

They looked at her vital signs, nutritional intake and physical assessment and touched on mental health issues and the services available to her. They also discussed the role of each health profession and how they can be involved.

Dr O’Hara said: “Bringing together students from different health disciplines to learn from each other, with each other and from each other is an extremely valuable experience for them. In this event, we had a case study of a young woman whose mental, physical and social health and well-being are influenced by a number of social factors.

This case study was very relevant for young people today, as they face many similar issues. By working together in an interprofessional way, students were able to think about these complex issues in a more holistic way and understand the role each healthcare professional can play in contributing to a system that can address these issues in a more coordinated and supportive way.

Muneera Ali Abdullah, professional first year pharmacy student from the College of Pharmacy, said: “IPE sessions highlight the interconnected and interdependent nature of the healthcare sector and are essential in strengthening the relationships between the different sectors of the healthcare sector. health. The session was very productive and we met students from different health faculties.

We tried to solve a medical scenario by looking at it from different aspects and this experience taught us how EPI can promote trust and understanding between different professionals to achieve collaborative patient-centered care.

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