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IPE on Depression introduces to students the importance of interprofessional team approach to deliver holistic care for patients suffering from depression. Through authentic clinical case analysis, teams are guided about the importance of understanding the interface of various factors in managing patients suffering from depression. It emphasises  to teams that quality patient-centered care depends on seamless collaboration and communication among members of healthcare team. 

Using the combined pedagogical strengths of team-based and case-based learning, students are trained to be collaborative-practice ready. This is participated in by students from Chinese Medicine, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work who are formed into interprofessional teams of 5-7 members. A team of content experts facilitates the implementation of learning activities.

Generic IPE-related Learning Outcomes

  1. Appreciate the collective contribution of Chinese medicine, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy;

  2. Listen respectfully to the ideas of other disciplines to complement one’s disciplinary knowledge;

  3. Provide constructive and non-judgmental feedback to other member’s ideas;

  4. Respect difference and diversity among professions; 

  5. Realize that interprofessional collaboration promotes creativity, motivation, and productivity;

  6. Apply shared decision-making process from deliberation to choice/consensus;

  7. Build consensus and negotiate respectfully/effectively, and

  8. Formulate interprofessional healthcare management plan.

Content-related Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain how depression is recognized, diagnosed, and managed in the primary care setting;

  2. Identify common ways and difficulties that depression might present in daily life;

  3. Describe assessment and response to suicidality;

  4. Explain that evidence-based options for the treatment of depression include multiple specific psychotherapeutic approaches, psychosocial interventions, and pharmacological management;

  5. Describe the roles of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and social workers in the care of individuals with depression;

  6. Discuss the ethical dilemma and ethical decision making in mental healthcare; and

  7. Identify the needs and resources for a seamless transition to different levels of mental healthcare.


          MBBS                      -   86

          Nursing                   -   91

         Pharmacy.              -  39

         Social Work             -   41

         Chinese Medicine   -   21

         Clinical Psychology -  15

         Total                         -  293

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