I want to bring you up to date with the evaluation of our Interprofessional Primary Care Course at the University of Washington.* Our final report just came out, showing long-term success in changing primary care knowledge, attitudes, and career plans across health professions, including dentistry, medicine, nursing, nurse practitioners, pharmacy, physician assistants, social work, and public health.
This new study follows students over five years and documents long-term, sustained increases in learners entering careers in primary care, direct PC patient care, and service to vulnerable communities. A parallel controlled study backs up these results.
Phillips WR, Keys T. Interprofessional Primary Care Course Impact on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Careers. Fam Med. 2022;54(9):722-728. doi.org/10.22454/FamMed.2022.167204.
I’m also including a report on one key component of the course, life-changing visits to observe practicing a family doctor taking care of real patients with real problems.
Phillips WR, Fitch JG, Keys T. Practice observation visit for interprofessional training in primary care. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice 2022;29: 100558. doi: 10.1016/j.xjep.2022.100558.
*Our initial description and evaluation of the UW interprofessional primary care course:
Phillips WR, Keyes T. Interprofessional Primary Care Course Curriculum and Evaluation. Family Medicine. 2018;50(3):217-22. doi: 10.22454/FamMed.2018.998057.
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