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Developing Comprehensive Care Plans for Older Adults Interprofessional Team Training Session: Teaching Interprofessional Health Profession Students the Importance of Working in Teams

Published: September 11, 2013 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9527

Included in this publication:

  • Attitudes Towards Interprofessional Health Care Teams Evaluation.doc
  • Developing a Plan of Care form.doc
  • IPT Director Guide for Large Group Portion.docx
  • IPT General Evaluation form.doc
  • IPT Intro PowerPoint.pptx
  • Instructors Guide for IPT Activity.docx
  • Older Adult History Questionnaire.docx
  • Preceptor Guide for Small Groups.doc
  • Sample Interview Questions.docx
  • Sample Older Adult Patient Summary.docx
  • Sample Preceptor Recruitment Email.docx
  • Sample Reminder Email for Interviewers.docx
  • Sample Reminder Email for Preceptors.docx
  • Sample Reminder Email for Students.docx

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This interprofessional team training activity was created to educate healthcare professions students regarding the basics of interprofessional team-based care, and give them the opportunity to practice functioning as an interprofessional team to develop a plan-of-care for an older patient. This 2.5-hour activity includes an overview of interprofessional teams, followed by observation of an older adult interview by faculty from each discipline. Students divide into 21 to 23 small groups, where faculty members facilitate development of a collaborative care plan based on information learned through the interview. Retrospective pre- and postassessments are completed at the end of the small-group session. The training was universally well-received by the students. It was also viewed as a valuable training opportunity and resource by all faculty involved, as evidenced by the continued inclusion of the training in the various disciplines’ curricula, with requests made to accommodate increased numbers of students. As part of the evaluation, participants rated the impact of the interview and small-group sessions on their awareness of the multiple perspectives that needed to be considered when designing a care plan, and what their individual disciplines could contribute. Students’ scores on individual items suggested concerns about teams related to the time required for team care. Additionally, both before and after this resource, students felt the physician should function as the team leader.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this resource participating students to be able to:

  1. Describe the importance of interprofessional teams in the care of older adults.
  2. Recognize and discuss the differing perspectives, values, and experiences of professionals in other disciplines.
  3. Communicate as a team member to develop a simple care plan for an older adult that addresses problems from a medical, emotional, social, environmental, and economic perspective.
  4. Reflect on one’s own attitudes towards older adults, including caring for the chronically ill.

Author Information

  • Angela Rothrock: University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • Patricia Sawyer: University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Channing Ford: University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Christine Ritchie: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
  • Cynthia Brown: University of Alabama at Birmingham

None to report.

This project is supported by in part by funds from the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, and in part by a cooperative agreement from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and Association of American Medical Colleges.

Prior Presentations
Rothrock Curtis A, Ford CR, Hays C, Sawyer P, Bosworth P, Ritchie CS. Interdisciplinary Senior Mentors Program: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Project. Poster presented at: Gerontological Society of America 62nd Annual Conference; 2009; Atlanta, Georgia.

Rothrock AG, Ford CR, Sawyer P, Bosworth P, Ritchie CS. Interdisciplinary Careplans: Teaching Health Profession Students the Strengths of Working in Teams. Presented at: Gerontological Society of America 64th Annual Conference; 2011; Boston, Massachusetts.

Rothrock AG, Sawyer P, Ford CF, Ritchie CS. Interdisciplinary Careplans: Teaching Medical Students the Strengths of Working in Teams. Poster presented at: American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting; 2012. 

Thompson P, Broeseker AE, Kendrach MG, Rothrock AG, Sawyer PL, Ford CR, Ritchie C. Interprofessional Education: An Experience of Students’ Learning the Value of Teamwork in Patient Care. Presented at: AACP Annual Meeting; 2012; Kissimmee, FL.

Rothrock AG, Sawyer P, Ford CF, Brown CJ, Ritchie CS. Interdisciplinary Team Training: Discipline Specific Perspectives of Trainees Learning to Work in Healthcare Teams. Poster presented at; Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting; 2012; San Diego, CA.


Rothrock A, Sawyer P, Ford C, Ritchie C, Brown C. Developing comprehensive care plans for older adults interprofessional team training session: teaching interprofessional health profession students the importance of working in teams. MedEdPORTAL. 2013;9:9527. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9527