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QU Health Interprofessional Education Committee organises activity on Mental Health | Qatar University

QU Health Interprofessional Education Committee organises activity on Mental Health

2021-04-06 00:00:00.0

Qatar University (QU) Health Interprofessional Education Committee (IPEC) in Qatar, which consists of representatives from all healthcare schools in Qatar, organized its second activity titled ‘Interprofessional Education (IPE) Activity on Mental Health.
151 students and 13 facilitators attended the event. Professions and colleges involved are Biomedical Sciences, Human Nutrition, and Public Health from College of Health Sciences (CHS), College of Medicine (CMED), and College of Pharmacy (CPH).
This IPE activity aims to introduce the concept of interprofessional education by promoting collaboration between different healthcare professions. The session started with an introductory video by QU-CHS Associate Professor of Public Health and lead facilitator Dr. Lily O’Hara followed by introducing the team members.
Then discovery interviews were conducted to learn about other health professional disciplines within the group. Finally, a case study was introduced to students on mental health about a 23 years old female. They looked at her vital signs, nutrition intake and physical assessment and addressed the issues of mental health and services available for her. They also discussed the role of each health profession and how they can be involved.
Students identified the client’s needs and recognized the roles of the various IPE team members and their scope of practice in addressing those needs. In addition, they looked into how each health profession’s scope of practice complements and enhances other professions, collectively enable improved health outcomes, and discovered ways to enhance communication in multidisciplinary teamwork.
Commenting on the event, Dr Lily O’Hara said, “Bringing students from different health disciplines together to learn about, with and from each other is an incredibly valuable experience for them. In this event, we had a case study of a young woman who is mental, physical and a number of social factors impacts social health and wellbeing. This case study was highly relevant to young people today, as they are dealing with many similar issues. By working together interprofessionally, students were able to think about these complex issues more holistically, and understand the role that each health professional may play in contributing to a system that can address these issues in a more coordinated and supportive way.”
Kaoutar Barakat, Student of CPH Professional first year said: “This IPE activity was such an amazing opportunity for us to learn more about our colleagues’ roles in the medical team, as we worked together on the given case, from different majors to reach the best decision for the patient, taking all aspects into consideration by sharing our experiences. This emphasized to us how only one major working alone cannot do a lot, but together we can make a significant change. I was impressed by the way of delivering the activity virtually during these circumstances, and how our facilitator made it such an unforgettable activity”.

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