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Professionals in Epilepsy Care Symposium 2015 – Interprofessional Models and Collaborative Care

Recorded December 5, 2015 at the 69th Annual Meeting of the AES.

Recent research and practice recommendations include that health professionals must work collaboratively to improve the delivery of care and outcomes for patients and families (RWJ, 2011). Interprofessional competency domains that all health care providers must address, include values/ethics for interprofessional practice, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication and teams and teamwork (IPEC, 2011). The IOM Report on epilepsy includes the recommendation to research and develop a quality framework for epilepsy care to increase access to care, quality of life and health outcomes (England et al., 2012). This symposium presents recent research and practice evidence regarding how providing interprofessional care assists health care teams to provide comprehensive lifespan care for persons with epilepsy and their families. Examples of existing interprofessional models of care are reviewed in populations such as children, adolescents, adults and veterans. In addition, possible interventions to accommodate lack of resources and funding for interprofessional care models are addressed.

Learning Objectives
Following participation in this symposium, learners should be able to:
• Define interprofessional care collaboration and competencies
• Evaluate existing interprofessional models of care for patients and families with epilepsy
• Consider the development of strategies to meet specific patient/family care needs by optimizing patient care by using the unique and complementary abilities of all members of the team in an epilepsy center or community setting

Target Audience
Basic and Intermediate

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