The life of a healthcare worker is full of challenges, both personally and professionally. Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has only managed to burn them out even further. Amidst a period of uncertainty in India, a raging concern is the rise in violence against the healthcare workers. Despite great personal sacrifices made by them during this pandemic, the healthcare workers are disrespected, not paid enough and also get denied of a dignified life. If this trend continues, their morale would hit rock bottom. The day is not far when these conditions will force all the healthcare workers to boycott their services. This narrative review aims to throw light on the violent attitudes toward the healthcare workers and the recommendations to safeguard them, so that they can continue to serve the public in peace and with zeal.
Health professions, Interprofessional education, Medical curriculum, Multidisciplinary management, Team approach
DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10082-03120 |
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Shamsher S, Praba T, Sethuraman KR, Shamsher S. Multidisciplinary Team Approach in Patient Management Mandates Inclusion of Interprofessional Education in Curriculum. 2021; 4 (4):87-89.
Health care today incorporates the multidisciplinary team approach for holistic patient management in every discipline. It necessitates the inclusion of interprofessional education (IPE) in the medical education and training system to equip future doctors to adapt it for better patient outcomes. This article aims to draw attention of the stakeholders and policymakers toward the role of IPE in the medical curriculum.
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