Interprofessional student teams augmenting service provision in residential aged care

Fiona Maree Kent, Francis Lai, Bronwyn Beovich, Miodrag Dodic

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The aim of this study was to determine the usefulness of student-led interprofessional consultations within residential aged care in augmenting patient care and enhancing student education. Volunteer fourth and final year health-care students conducted interprofessional consultations. In a mixed methods design, residents' health-care changes and perspectives were collected prospectively, and student and educator perceptions were measured by survey and interview. Sixteen aged care residents were consulted by interprofessional teams. Students identified two new health issues and proposed 17 recommendations for referrals and five changes to medication management. At six-weeks follow-up, two recommendations had been acted upon clinically, and two medication changes had been implemented. Reasons for the low uptake of recommendations were determined. Residents, students and educators reported high levels of satisfaction. Residential care facilities offer a useful interprofessional learning environment. Student consultations are positively regarded by patients, students and educators and may augment existing health services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-209
Number of pages6
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016


  • interprofessional education
  • collaborative practice
  • patient-centred care
  • residential aged care
  • undergraduate

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