McMaster University

McMaster University


Why have an interprofessional collaborative (IPC) in home placement program? What will nursing and medical students gain from this experience?

In the course of their training, nursing and medical students experience and participate in literally hundreds of emergency room episodes of care. During this time, very few medical and nursing students will be exposed to other realms of care, and even fewer will be exposed to a home care environment. However, a large majority of patients will need referrals for home care services.

Seeing patients in their own context allows students the opportunity to understand the scope of practice and roles of clinicians whose specialty lies in rehabilitative care. Furthermore, since determinants of health play a major role in people's vulnerability to illness and their ability to recover from health setbacks, visiting people in their own settings provides students with insight into the patient's overall health and the factors which promote both resilience and increase vulnerability. Visiting and caring for patients in their own context is also an intense form of "patient-centred" care.

Briefly stated, the three major learning objectives of the IPC program are:

  1. To expose students to a new environment for care delivery (continuum of care).
  2. To deepen students' understanding of the roles and scope of practice of colleagues within rehabilitation disciplines.
  3. To deepen students' understanding of the impact of determinants of health on a person's capacity to respond to their own health issues.

" I would recommend this experience because it illuminates the various roles of health care professionals and promotes an understanding of and appreciation for scope of practice and interprofessional teamwork."

— medical student, when asked if they would recommend the experience to others

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