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Impact of health care teams on patient outcomes

A case study

This interprofessional learning through simulation resource package consists of two components: an audiovisual resource and a supporting facilitator manual. In order to optimise the learning opportunities from this package it is recommended that participants are firstly introduced to the concepts of interprofessional learning and human factors in health care.

This resource illustrates the benefits of intensive collaborative therapy for patient outcome and draws attention to the benefits of promoting self management.

The package has been created in a format to enable flexibility in its application depending on the educational setting. The audiovisual resource depicts an interprofessional team meeting with a speech pathologist, occupational therapist, dietitian and physiotherapist. The meeting has been broken up into smaller parts to facilitate group discussion.

Recommended format

  1. Facilitator guided discussion around the concepts of interprofessional learning, human factors in health care and chronic disease self management.
  2. The team meeting is broken up into shorter parts, pausing at the moment each discipline starts their summary of assessment. At this moment the facilitated discussion will focus on the scenario specific learning competencies (samples given within manual), followed by a discussion of what the participants expect the next discipline representative will do for this client.
  3. The discussion can include whether the assessment and activities cover what the participants expected and what the information obtained means for the health disciplines involved.
  4. Facilitator guided discussion regarding the barriers to interprofessional practice and chronic disease self management.

Scenario brief

Gyuri, a 54 year old Hungarian gentleman has had a basal ganglia stroke two months ago. The stroke resulted in arm and shoulder weakness on his right side, mild haemianopia affecting his field of vision in his right eye and both receptive and expressive aphasia. Gyuri has recently been referred to an interprofessional team to assist him with his integration back into the community. The care team meets to discuss Gyuri’s care needs and the goals for his rehabilitation.

Learning competencies

The specific interprofessional learning competency areas for this scenario are:

  • Leadership characteristics
  • Interprofessional communication
  • Team functioning
  • Role clarification
  • Client/family centred care


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