Developing the next generation of healthcare professionals: the impact of an interprofessional education placement model

Naumann, F., Schumacher, U., Stuckey, A., Love, A., Thompson, C., Tunny, R., & Nash, R.

 

Abstract

Introduction:

Interprofessional education (IPE), as preparation for interprofessional practice, is considered essential for quality, coordinated, outcome-focussed patient care. To develop capacity in our future healthcare practitioners, IPE needs to be developed within curricula, and opportunities provided to practise within the placement setting. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of a structured IPE placement program on students’ perceptions of IPE within an authentic healthcare setting.

Methods:

This paper reports on changes in students’ attitudes toward IPE, as measured by the SPICE-R2 instrument, in response to program involvement.

Results:

Thirty-six students from six health professions participated in the study and reported significantly improved perceptions toward IPE, particularly in their understanding of roles and responsibilities, teamwork, and patient outcomes.

Conclusion:

The outcomes reinforce the importance of offering intentional and structured IPE activities during placement and the value provided to health students, preparing them for future collaborative practice.

 

Naumann, F., Schumacher, U., Stuckey, A., Love, A., Thompson, C., Tunny, R., & Nash, R. (2021). Developing the next generation of healthcare professionals: the impact of an interprofessional education placement model. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1080/13561820.2021.1879749

Dr Courtney Thompson (RNutr, FHEA)

BNutrSc, BBiomedSc(Hons), PhD
Director, NPR Consulting

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