OPIOIDS: cultivating interprofessional collaboration to find solutions to public health problems

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This study evaluated perceived effectiveness of an interprofessional case-based activity that allowed medical and pharmacy students to engage in problem-solving around the role of social determinants of health (SDOH) in opioid misuse. Students participated in a case-based activity, and then completed a post-activity survey that included five open-ended questions and the Interprofessional Collaborative Competency Attainment Survey. Twelve pharmacy students (100%) and 47 medical students (75%) completed the post-activity survey. Results indicate the activity resulted in a statistically significant increase in student ability to: 1) recognize interprofessional team members’ knowledge, skills, and contributions to the interprofessional team; 2) communicate effectively across professions; and 3) learn with, from, and about interprofessional team members to develop a patient care plan. Students also reported enhanced understanding of treatment considerations with opioid misuse, the role of SDOH, and recognition of the value of interprofessional collaboration in their future practice. This interprofessional case-based activity appeared to promote collaboration among students from different professional programs as they engaged in problem-solving around a contemporary public health issue that intersects their future practices. This activity may serve as a model for health professional programs, practitioners, healthcare systems, and communities that seek interprofessional solutions to combat opioid misuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-124
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of interprofessional care
Issue number1
Early online dateSep 5 2018
StatePublished - Jan 2 2019

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  • Health and social care
  • interprofessional education
  • opioids
  • shared problem solving
  • social determinants of health


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