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Title: Promoting team health - an exploration of the value of a simulated interprofessional learning program for a range of rural health students
Contributor(s): Paliadelis, Penelope S (author); Stupans, Ieva (author); Fagan, Anthea (author)orcid ; Lea, Jacqueline (author)orcid ; Turner, Linda (author); Puxty, Maree (author)
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstract: Synopsis: This paper reports on the innovative design and outcomes of a short learning program undertaken by a range of rurally based undergraduate health students. The medical, nursing, pharmacy and social work students worked through two case scenarios via high and low fidelity simulations, using actors, and supported by an online learning site. The program was designed to enhance effective interprofessional teamwork and communication skills prior to graduation. The attitudes and experiences of students who completed the program were explored via pre and post program questionnaires, audience response software and qualitative feedback. Purpose: The international literature clearly identifies the needs for greater integration of interprofessional education into the curricula of entry-level health professions to enhance mutual respect, effective team-work and patient-centred care across all practice settings. This paper will report on the design and outcomes of an interprofessional learning program that involved undergraduate students of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and social work learning together via a range of simulations and panel sessions to enhance their teamwork and communication skills. Methods: The learning program was developed by a team of academic and clinical health professionals around the care of two clients with chronic conditions and a range of social problems, within a rural health context. An evaluation methodology was chosen to explore the students' attitudes and experiences of participating in this program. Data consisting of pre and post program surveys, audience response data and qualitative comments, which was analysed to determine the effectiveness of the program in using simulations to promote interprofessional learning.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: SimHealth 2012: Innovation Education Research Conference - Making Teams Work, Sydney, Australia, 10th - 16th September, 2012
Source of Publication: SimHealth 2012 Conference Abstracts (Posters Presented)
Publisher: Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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