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January 25, 2011 - Bridges to Care Workshop
The Ontario Interprofessional Health Collaborative held the IPE (Interprofessional Education) Ontario 2011 Conference in Toronto, Ontario on January 23-25, 2011. On January 25, 2011, a Workshop was held at this conference to share knowledge about the Bridges to Care Project, entitled:
Bridges to Care: Fostering Interprofessional Teamwork, Shared Learning and Creating Long Term Care (LTC) Learning Organizations
- Susanne Murphy (Queen’s University, School of Rehabilitation Therapy)
- Dr. John Puxty (Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care)
- Rosemary Brander (Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care)
- Deanna Abbott-McNeil (Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care)
- Dr. David Barber (Queen’s University, Department of Family Medicine)
This interprofessional quality improvement project, funded by HealthForceOntario, was aimed at improving evidence-based knowledge-to-practice resources for clinicians within Long Term Care.
Over 18 months the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care partnered with organizations in Kingston, Ottawa and Thunder Bay to improve the care and quality of life for residents and improve satisfaction and quality of work life for caregivers.
This initiative evolved into a collaborative resident-centred model whereby teams engaged in a quality improvement process that positively impacted care and practice.
Interprofessional educational modules following a quality improvement framework in a collaborative learning environment were developed and offered, focusing on the most relevant care issues, as identified by Long Term Care homes.
The materials, including care plan, decision-supports and communication-collaboration aids were specifically targeted for interprofessional practice in LTC and built upon existing resources available, evidence and best practice guidelines. This was a participative action research strategy, using a mixed methods evaluation to determine success in identified outcomes.
The model which was piloted in six sites has demonstrated success in terms of engaging and empowering team members and creating an environment supportive of adult learning and collaborative practice. Sustainability has been demonstrated through continued local and provincial support and spread of this initiative with additional funding at partner sites.