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Lookup NU author(s): Hailah Almoghirah,
Professor Jan Illing,
Dr Hamde Nazar
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© 2023, BioMed Central Ltd., part of Springer Nature. Background: Interprofessional education (IPE) has been identified as a strategy towards improving competence at interprofessional working and collaboration within teams. Entrustable professional activities (EPAs) provide a framework for translating competencies into elements of clinical practice, some of which in healthcare are inherently interprofessional. However, it is challenging to reconcile that entrustment decisions about student competence in an interprofessional activity are made about an individual without considering the dynamics and tensions between interprofessional team members and the task itself. This can influence students’ development and demonstration of competence at interprofessional collaboration. Methods: In this study, undergraduate medical and pharmacy students worked in pairs online (Zoom) to undertake the hospital discharge process (a professional activity reliant on interprofessional collaboration) for a simulated patient, producing a hospital discharge letter and completing a consultation with the simulated patient. The online sessions were recorded and interprofessional behaviours were assessed using a validated scale completed by an interprofessional assessment team. Students undertook this IPE intervention three times after receiving feedback and a period of reflection each time. Results: Eighteen students participated across the entire intervention and 27 one-hour online IPE sessions were completed and recorded. Students demonstrated statistically significant improvements in interprofessional behaviours across the three iterations (p < 0.05 for all the sessions). The discharge letter students produced also improved over the three sessions (p = 0.01). Students found the educational sessions useful and relevant. Conclusion: This online IPE intervention provided the students with an authentic opportunity to work collaboratively. At the end of each iteration, students received feedback about their work as a team and about the discharge letter, helping students to reflect and purposefully develop their performance. The IPE intervention with this assessment strategy is feasible and allows student development to be captured but has proved to be time and resource intensive.
Author(s): Almoghirah H, Illing J, Nazar M, Nazar H
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: BMC Medical Education
Online publication date: 21/08/2023
Acceptance date: 31/07/2023
Date deposited: 15/09/2023
ISSN (electronic): 1472-6920
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd
Data Access Statement: The datasets used and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
PubMed id: 37605168
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