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Michigan College of Optometry Interprofessional Wellness Clinic: Focus on Diabetes

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Dean L. Luplow

Michigan College of Optometry, Ferris State University, 1124 S. State Street, MCO 231, Big Rapids, MI 49307, US
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Abstract

The Interprofessional Wellness Clinic held at the clinic of the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University is an interdisciplinary patient care and educational project that has been in existence since January 2004. The objective of this endeavor is to develop an interdisciplinary collaborative clinic utilizing optometry, nursing, and pharmacy students and faculty to facilitate the understanding and appreciation of the contribution of each profession to the total management of diabetes. Additionally, each patient receives discipline-specific education and management from each profession, resulting in a much improved understanding of their disease state, medications, modifying factors, and personal support from multiple disciplines. This article describes how the Interprofessional Wellness Clinic functions, the impact of collaborative interdisciplinary interaction and learning, and the benefits of such a clinic to patients, students, and faculty of the clinic.

How to Cite: Luplow, D.L., 2012. Michigan College of Optometry Interprofessional Wellness Clinic: Focus on Diabetes. Health, Interprofessional Practice and Education, 1(2), p.eP1021. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7772/2159-1253.1021
Published on 17 Apr 2012.
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