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An Interdisciplinary Team-Based Learning Experience in Health Systems and Inequalities

Published: January 2, 2014 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9657

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This team-based learning experience was designed to addresses issues associated with health systems and inequalities. This content should be considered introductory. Team-based learning was adopted as an instructional methods based on its ability to promote discourse and involvement and to accommodate the limited number of faculty facilitators at our disposal. The resource includes an individual readiness assurance test, a team readiness assurance test, and an application exercise. Average performance across professions ranged from 16.5 to 20.27 on a 28-point scale. The mean team performance significantly exceeded (p < .01) individual mean performance. There was no statistically significant difference in team readiness assurance test score between teams (p = .37).

Educational Objectives

By the end of this team-based learning experience, participants will be able to:

  1. Collaboratively identify, examine, and evaluate the social and health system-level factors that affect healthcare across facilities.
  2. Collaboratively analyze, evaluate, and report how insurance status and cost influence access to, quantity of, and quality of care.
  3. Interact with interdisciplinary team members with confidence, clarity, and respect, working to ensure common understanding of both strengths and weaknesses in healthcare delivery.
  4. Collaboratively appraise and justify approaches appropriate to the specific care situation, in patient-centered problem solving.

Author Information

  • Erik Black, PhD: University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Catherine Striley: University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Richard Davidson: University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Wayne McCormack: University of Florida College of Medicine

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Black E, Striley C, Davidson R, McCormack W. An interdisciplinary team-based learning experience in health systems and inequalities. MedEdPORTAL. 2014;10:9657. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9657