Spotlight on Research
Monday, June 1, 2009
Interprofessional education (IPE) involves different professions learning from and about each other, and is an essential component of holistic patient care. Clinical placements within hospital settings can be difficult to arrange for paramedics owing to staff shortages and increasing numbers of students in the healthcare system. This study examined whether IPE can be taught successfully to paramedic students through DVD simulations. Different professions contributed to the development of 11 common clinical scenarios depicting patient care and management in a variety of settings. The simulations demonstrate the role of each profession within interdisciplinary teamwork. Paramedic students participated via self-report questionnaires (n=97), and focus groups including six people.
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