Learn Intestinal Failure Tele-ECHO Project: An innovative online telementoring and case-based learning clinic

Marion F. Winkler, Kelly A. Tappenden, Michelle Spangenburg, Kishore Iyer

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Abstract

Intestinal failure (IF) is a rare chronic disease requiring intravenous (IV) fluids or parenteral nutrition (PN) dependency for optimal patient health and sustenance. The complex care is best managed by specialized multidisciplinary teams. Patients who have limited access to intestinal rehabilitation centers often receive IV/PN care from clinicians lacking specialty expertise. An innovative videoconferencing project was launched in May 2019 to provide online telementoring and case-based learning in IF. The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) model was adopted to provide education and virtual support via the Learn Intestinal Failure Tele-ECHO (LIFT-ECHO) project. Online clinics include patient case presentations, moderated discussion, best-practice recommendations, and didactic continuing education lectures on IF- and PN-related topics. Participation is interprofessional and international. Via knowledge dissemination and specialty mentorship, LIFT-ECHO is expected to improve healthcare for patients with IF and transform care delivery by overcoming the limitations in access to expertise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-792
Number of pages8
JournalNutrition in Clinical Practice
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2021

Keywords

  • continuing education
  • intestinal failure
  • learning
  • nutrition support
  • parenteral nutrition
  • remote consultation

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