Knowing your allies: medical education and interprofessional exposure

Young, Louise and Baker, Peter and Waller, Susan and Hodgson, Lynette and Moor, Michelle (2007) Knowing your allies: medical education and interprofessional exposure. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 21 (2). pp. 155-163. ISSN 1356-1820

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Abstract

[Abstract]: Collaborative, team-based, interprofessional approaches to patient management are becoming increasingly recognized as beneficial to health outcomes. This project aimed to develop interprofessional skills among 134 third year medical students that were of clinical educational value to the students, and through activities that directly benefited the rural health professionals in their daily work. Placements were undertaken during a six week rural clinical attachment, mainly throughout South-West Queensland. Pre- and post-placement self-report questionnaires completed by both students and health professionals were used to evaluate the project. Results showed that over 80% of the health professional group reported the medical student placements were useful. Similarly, almost 80% of medical students reported positive changes in their attitude to other health professionals from the placement, and 91% indicated they had derived clinical educational benefit from their interprofessional activity. Despite difficulties due to poor communication between the various parties involved, the project proved successful in improving medical students' skills, knowledge and perceptions concerning interprofessional practice, through a placement and educational project which delivered practical benefits to rural health professionals and rural communities.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Unavailable in electronic format. Refer to Informa link for paper: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13561820601176915
Depositing User: Mrs Erin Bowly
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2008 01:17
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2010 03:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: interprofessional education; medical education; medical students; allied health professionals; rural health; Australia
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1080/13561820601176915
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2834

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