Interprofessional Collaborative Acute Care Practice

The HRSA Interprofessional Collaborative Acute care Practice ICAP-Peds nursing grant, written by an Interprofessional team made up of members from KU School of Nursing, School of Health Professions, School of Medicine, and from KU Hospital, including Nursing, Ancillary care, and Medicine. This grant project will help at-risk children and their family's transition smoothly from hospital to home to follow-up care. The project group will facilitate the training and organization of high-functioning interprofessional care teams skilled at developing comprehensive transitional care plans.

Several innovative training techniques will be utilized to increase interprofessional collaboration and care. There are many unique features of the ICAP Peds project and some of them are; the use of academic EHR technology, in-situ simulation, mobile technology, and health literacy training to foster patient and family participation to improve care.

Our Purpose

The Interprofessional Collaborative Acute care Practice (ICAP) project is designed to develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate a patient-centered interprofessional collaborative practice(IPCP) model within an acute care pediatric unit at the University of Kansas Hospital(KUH).

Project Goals

  • Increase the number of nurses (and other health professionals) skilled in interprofessional collaborative practice.
  • Use the collaborative practice model and the transitional care team to engage patients, their families, and communities in promoting positive health care outcomes.
  • Use outcome evaluation data to support the dissemination of best practices in IPCP.
  • Establish a sustainable plan and infrastructure to leverage the ICAP project to other care settings at the KU hospital and beyond.

Target Audience

The target population will be patients and families with; a) complex medical conditions such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease and oncologic disorders b) those children with no medical home prior to admission c) patients with increased barriers to health care access and follow up such as the economically challenged and non- English speaking populations.

Last modified: Feb 28, 2014