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Partnering with Patients in Interprofessional Education in Canada and in the USA: Challenges and Strategies

Abstract

Partnering with patients is an urgent imperative for transforming the health care system to one that is focused on building a culture of health. Data supports this call by demonstrating positive impacts of patient engagement on health outcomes in different settings (CFHI, 2014; IOM, 2014). To respond to this growing trend, health care providers (HCP) need to be trained and educated to become proficient collaborators and nurture collaborative partnerships with patients. However, to date, integrating patients in education and training is considerably less common, and data to support programme development are scarce. A paradigm shift in the health care systems from a paternalist to a patient-as-partner approach is needed (Karazivan et al., 2015; Richards, Montori, Godlee, Lapsley & Paul, 2013). In this chapter, Canadian and American authors from four different universities—leaders in involving patients as educators for health care students—will present their experiences in interprofessional education (IPE). They will examine the processes of integrating partnership with patients in IPE and present how the leadership takes form and is actualised, and discuss evaluation issues.

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Brault, I. et al. (2016). Partnering with Patients in Interprofessional Education in Canada and in the USA: Challenges and Strategies. In: Forman, D., Jones, M., Thistlethwaite, J. (eds) Leading Research and Evaluation in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-53744-7_16

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