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Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 92, Issue 4, pp I10–I16 | Cite as

Achieving Cardiovascular Health Through Continuing Interprofessional Development

  • David M. Kaufman
  • Jacqueline McClaran
  • Millicent Toombs
  • Sue Beardall
  • Isra Levy
  • Arun Chockalingam
Article

Abstract

In order to achieve cardiovascular health for all Canadians, the ACHIC (Achieving Cardiovascular Health in Canada) partnership advocates that health promotion for healthy lifestyles be incorporated into practice, and that the consistent messages and professional skills required to motivate patients and the public be acquired through interprofessional education and development. Professional education specialists are essential members of health care promotion teams with expertise to develop educational interventions that impact behaviours of health professionals and subsequent patient outcomes. Continuing medical education (CME) is in evolution to continuing professional development (CPD), and then to continuing interprofessional development (CID). Providers of health promotion, public health, and health care can work with health educators to complete the cascade of learning, change in practice, and improvement in patient outcomes. The Canadian health care system can empower Canadians to achieve cardiovascular health, the most important health challenge in the 21st century.

Résumé

Afin d’assurer la santé cardiovasculaire pour tous les Canadiens, l’initiative RSCC (Réaliser la santé cardiovasculaire au Canada) propose que les intervenants de la santé intègrent la promotion d’un mode de vie sain dans leur pratique. RSCC propose également que ces intervenants acquièrent, par le biais de l’éducation et du développement interprofessionnels, une approche cohérente et des expertises professionnelles leur permettant de motiver les patients et le public. Les spécialistes en éducation professionnelle représentent des partenaires essentiels au sein des équipes qui promouvoient la santé, car ils sont en mesure de développer des interventions éducatives permettant de modifier les comportements des professionnels de la santé et par conséquent d’avoir un impact sur la santé des patients. Le système de l’éducation médicale continue (ÉMC) évolue actuellement vers le développement professionnel continu (DPC) puis vers le développement interprofessionnel continu (DIC). Les intervenants qui promouvoient la santé, qui oeuvrent à la santé publique, et qui fournissent des soins peuvent collaborer avec des éducateurs de la santé afin de compléter la boucle d’apprentissage, opérer un changement dans la pratique, et ultimement améliorer la santé des patients. Il est possible pour le système de santé canadien de donner à la population canadienne le pouvoir de réaliser sa santé cardiovasculaire, le plus grand défi en matière de santé du 21e siècle.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David M. Kaufman
    • 1
  • Jacqueline McClaran
    • 2
  • Millicent Toombs
    • 3
  • Sue Beardall
    • 3
  • Isra Levy
    • 3
  • Arun Chockalingam
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Medical EducationDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada
  2. 2.McGill Centre for Continuing Medical EducationMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Canadian Medical AssociationOttawaCanada
  4. 4.Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Health CanadaOttawaCanada

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