Utilising Medicare annual wellness visits to implement interprofessional education in the primary care setting

Brian Irons, Lance Frank Graham Evans, Renee Bogschutz, Kathryn Panasci, Grace Sun

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ABSTRACT: Interprofessional education (IPE) is an important component of healthcare professional curriculum in order to optimally prepare students for their roles as part of the healthcare team. Integrating IPE activities into direct patient care in the primary care clinic setting can help improve perceptions and student understanding of other healthcare professionals’ responsibilities in this ever-evolving practice setting. This report describes the implementation of an interprofessional clinic including a variety of healthcare professionals and students in the context of the Medicare Annual Wellness Visits (AWV). Design of the clinic and general roles of the professionals in optimising preventive care are described. Student perceptions of IPE and their knowledge of other healthcare professionals were also surveyed. Student knowledge of other professionals mildly improved. Student perception of actual cooperation and interprofessional interaction statistically improved, while perception of interprofessional learning slightly worsened. Utilising Medicare AWVs can be a way for various professionals to improve IPE in the primary care setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)529-531
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 3 2016


  • Interprofessional care
  • interprofessional education
  • preventative care
  • student perceptions
  • surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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