Student Research - Jedediah Bragg

Jedediah Bragg, MSW Student and Graduate Research Assistant, shares his current work as presented at the 2014 OU Tulsa Research Forum. He was awarded third place in the Social and Behavioral Research category.

Both The World Health Organization and The Institute of Medicine have recommended a shift from traditional healthcare systems to interdisciplinary healthcare teams. The benefits of this shift are vast and include an increase in positive outcomes, improved patient satisfaction, and a decrease in overall healthcare costs. There are two main barriers in making this shift, institutional and personal; personal consisting of not knowing the skills of other professions involved or simply having bias against the other professions involved. In order to facilitate this change academic institutions have begun transitioning to more interdisciplinary education; like the Summer Institute at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. Simply partaking in an activity such as The Summer Institute shows that there is an increase in knowledge pertaining to the other professions, a decrease in perceived bias, and an appreciation how interdisciplinary teams can impact the overall state of healthcare. Specifically, at the Summer Institute there has been a great impact on both the participants and the faculty mentors in the realm of how their knowledge regarding the profession of social work has increased, a decrease in negative opinions on social work, and how the profession of social work can impact the healthcare system.

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