Welcome to the Interprofessional Communications Course – Continuing Education for Complementary Medicine Health Practitioners
The overarching objective of this online training in interprofessional communication is to equip complementary medicine health care practitioners (CM-HCP) with the background knowledge, framework, and skills for writing formal letters to medical doctors.
By the end of this module participants should be able to:
- Describe the factors that influence effective communication.
- Explain the ISBAR framework as it relates to writing formal letters.
- Demonstrate an ability to write three types of letters to medical doctors:
- Informative letters
- Requests for investigations
- Red flag letters
Structure of module
Participants will be provided with selected readings on communicating health information and interprofessional communication prior to listening to a series of five lecturettes. Each lecturette will be followed by a prescribed activity. The introductory lecturette will be followed by a ‘reflective’ activity. Lecturettes 2 – 4 focus on the three types of letters that a CM-HCP may be involved in writing. These will be followed by an activity that involves writing a letter in response to a given scenario.
The final lecture will summarise some the key points covered and offer an opportunity for participants to provide feedback.
Module 1: Introduction and Background to Interprofessional Communication
Module 2: Informative Letter Writing
Module 3: Writing Letters to request investigations
Module 4: Writing Red Flag letters
Module 5: Concluding remarks and reflection