Impact of Interprofessional Care Conferences Across Primary Care and Mental Health Organizations on Family Medicine Resident Learning

Keri D. Hager, Jen Nelson Albee, Carolyn O'Donnell, Sarah Jackson, Amelia King, Danielle A MacDonald, Cynthia Nash, Ann Yapel, Mark E. Schneiderhan, Katherine Dean

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Patients with severe mental illness often lack care coordination between primary care and mental health providers which can negatively impact patient outcomes. Team-based care is integral in the effective management of patients with multiple comorbidities, with the family physician central in coordinating holistic care. Family medicine residency programs must provide models of effective interprofessional collaboration and mental health treatment to prepare residents to navigate an evolving health care landscape. The objective of this study was to evaluate family medicine residents' learning about providing holistic care with an interprofessional team and medication safety monitoring from the interprofessional cross-organizational care conference experience. METHODS: To bridge care and cultivate the necessary skills, a family medicine clinic and mental health clinic implemented monthly interprofessional care conferences to coordinate care for their shared patients during 2019. Residents who participated in the care conference each (n=11) completed a retrospective pre/postsurvey (11/11=100% response rate) to gather perceptions of what they learned from the interprofessional care conference experience. RESULTS: After participating in the care conference, all residents agreed they understood the elements that must be considered to provide holistic patient care, were confident conducting medication safety monitoring for their patients taking second-generation antipsychotics (eg, lipids, A1C, ECG), and agreed the care conference helped them develop a more comprehensive patient-centered care plan. Additionally, they all intend to work collaboratively across professions in the future. CONCLUSIONS: Interprofessional and cross-organizational care conferences create an authentic learning environment that enhances family medicine residents' understanding and confidence in providing collaborative and holistic care for patients with severe and persistent mental illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-294
Number of pages6
JournalFamily medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2021

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