Community health placements for junior medical and nursing students for interprofessional learning

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Abstract

Health care is increasingly delivered in primary and community settings, yet undergraduate clinical education remains focused in hospitals. Interprofessional student placements in community health offer an alternative to traditional clinical education and extend the capacity for clinical education beyond hospital placements. This study sought to investigate the value of interprofessional clinical placements at a community health center for dyads of second year medical and nursing students. A mixed methods evaluation was used. Quantitative and qualitative feedback was collected using the Interprofessional Clinical Placement Learning Environment Inventory (ICPLEI). Students (n = 58) completed the ICPELI after observation of community health half day sessions, at one of three community health sites. Two focus group interviews were undertaken with the health care practitioners (n = 8) to explore their perception of the new interprofessional placements. The placements were rated highly by all participants with three themes identified: It takes a team, Bouncing ideas and Realities of Community Health. Innovative approaches to clinical education and learning are needed to prepare a healthcare workforce capable of working in a collaborative, interprofessional manner. Community health offers a promising location for interprofessional learning for junior medical and nursing student teams.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 May 2020

Keywords

  • interprofessional learning
  • Community health
  • medical students
  • nursing students

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