Original Publication
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Understanding Experiences of Chronic Illness from the Patient Perspective

Published: February 3, 2014 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9688

Included in this publication:

  • LCE Facilitator Manual.doc
  • Life History Assignment.doc
  • Behavioral Modification Assignment.doc
  • Health Insurance Assignment.doc
  • Health Literacy Assignment.doc
  • Advance Care Planning Assignment.doc
  • Home Environmental Assessment Assignment.doc
  • Nutrition Assignment.doc
  • Social Determinants of Health Assignment.doc
  • Medication Management and Reconciliation Assignment.doc
  • Reflection on Experience Assignment.doc

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This resource documents the longitudinal clinical experience (LCE) introduced at the Icahn School of Medicine. This longitudinal program allows the students to further understand the experience of illness from the patients’ perspective, learn from the clinician’s approach in caring for patients with chronic illnesses, and identify methods to navigate the healthcare system in caring for chronically ill patients.

The LCE program partners a patient cared for by an Icahn School of Medicine faculty member with two first-year medical students. The students establish a long-term relationship with the patient and the physician over the length of the course. Students observe first-hand challenges faced by patients living with chronic illnesses, how their chronic medical conditions impact their quality of life, and the coping mechanisms they have developed to live with the challenges their chronic illnesses pose. During their time with the patient, students reflect on the patient’s experience through a series of written assignments related to the patient’s life history, medication management and reconciliation, and their own reflection. They also can select from a list of additional reflection assignments as they relate to the patient. Topics for these additional reflections include: behavior modification, health insurance, health literacy, advance care planning, home environment assessment, nutrition assessment, and social determinants of health.

When asked to reflect on this experience, some students disclosed a nonexistent, minimal, or unclear relationship mainly due to limited contact with care team and unfamiliarity of patients’ needs. However, many students had positive encounters and established meaningful relationships with their LCE patient and felt their patient was trustworthy, respectful and welcoming.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Understand the patient experience of illness and the patient’s interaction with the healthcare system over time.
  2. Engage in team-based care of patients with chronic illness.
  3. Participate in active learning through collaboration, experience, and reflection.
  4. Begin to develop a professional identity.

Author Information

  • Cinthia De La Rosa, MPH: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Rainer Soriano: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Valerie Parkas: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Neloofar Naderi: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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De La Rosa C, Soriano R, Parkas V, Naderi N. Understanding experiences of chronic illness from the patient perspective. MedEdPORTAL. 2014;10:9688. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9688