Some problems that once forced people out of their homes and into assisted living can now be overcome with “smart home” technology that automates tasks, responds to voice commands, controls devices, and more. In this interprofessional simulation, students and elders/disabled investigated what types of technology might best help people live independently. As a result, students were able to:
• Gain a greater understanding of the everyday challenges faced by clients who are aging or who live with physical and/or cognitive limitations
• Increase their self-awareness of how they interact with such clients
• Increase their ability to collaborate effectively in teams by learning to value the knowledge and experience of clients and other health care professionals outside their field
The simulation took place in a specially-designed house on the campus of University of Southern Indiana (USI) that was built to serve as a smart home technology incubation lab.
During orientation to the simulation, students from Health Informatics, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Medicine, and Food/Nutrition were divided into six interprofessional teams. Each team was paired up with one of three standardized patients (SPs) and caregivers, who were the center of care. One SP was living with Parkinson’s disease and one was blind, while one SP played the role of a wheelchair user. During the simulation, each team accompanied an SP as he/she performed activities of daily living (ADLs) at four stations in the house �" the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living-dining area. SPs and students evaluated the difficulties SPs experienced that could be remedied with technology and made recommendations.
Students provided qualitative feedback on the learning experience and rated their interprofessional competencies before and after the exercise using the Interprofessional Collaborative Competency Attainment Survey (ICCAS). In 19 of the 20 competencies, the survey revealed a statistically significant improvement in interprofessional skills.
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Elizabeth Tanner, Lisa Pierce, Meghan Weber, Brad Stoecker, Lisa Hiley, Ruth Metzger, Gabriela Mustata Wilson
declare no vested interest in or affiliation with any commercial interest offering financial support for this interprofessional continuing education activity, or any affiliation with a commercial interest whose philosophy could potentially bias their presentation.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
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This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
- Physicians: This activity will be designated for CME AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM through ACCME.
- Physician Assistants: NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.
- Nurses: This activity will be designated for CNE nursing contact hours through ANCC.
- Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity will be designated for CPE contact hours (CEUs) through ACPE.
- Social Workers: This activity will be designated for social work continuing education credits through ASWB.
- All health professionals: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.