Provider-Perceived Value of Interprofessional Team Meetings as a Core Element of a Lifestyle Medicine Program: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of One Center’s Experience

Abby L. Cheng, Elsa M. Snider, Heidi Prather, Nikole L. Dougherty, Myisha Wilcher-Roberts, Devyani M. Hunt

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Abstract

Interprofessional care improves outcomes for medically complex patients and may be a valuable addition to standard lifestyle medicine practice, but implementation barriers exist. The purpose of this study was to explore the key features, perceived impact, and implementation considerations related to holding interprofessional team meetings as part of an intensive lifestyle medicine program. In this mixed-methods study, focus groups were conducted with 15 lifestyle medicine clinicians from various healthcare disciplines who had participated in interprofessional team meetings. Quantitative descriptive statistics of the meeting minutes were also calculated. Clinician-perceived benefits from participating in interprofessional team meetings included increased acquisition of knowledge, access to other clinicians, collaborative decision-making, patient satisfaction, and achievement of patient-centered goals. Participants described the importance of preparing an agenda for the interprofessional team meetings in advance, but a major implementation challenge was the time required to prepare for and conduct the meetings. Commitment and financial support by organization and program leadership were reported as key facilitators to implementing the meetings. Clinicians perceive significant value from incorporation of interprofessional team meetings into an intensive lifestyle medicine program, but successful implementation of meetings requires investment from all levels within a healthcare system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-107
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2024

Keywords

  • interdisciplinary
  • interprofessional team meeting
  • lifestyle medicine
  • musculoskeletal care
  • orthopedics

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