Promoting interprofessional understandings through online learning: a qualitative examination

McKenna, Lisa, Boyle, Malcolm, Palermo, Claire, Molloy, Elizabeth, Williams, Brett and Brown, Ted (2014) Promoting interprofessional understandings through online learning: a qualitative examination. Nursing and Health Sciences, 16 3: 321-326. doi:10.1111/nhs.12105

Author McKenna, Lisa
Boyle, Malcolm
Palermo, Claire
Molloy, Elizabeth
Williams, Brett
Brown, Ted
Title Promoting interprofessional understandings through online learning: a qualitative examination
Journal name Nursing and Health Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1442-2018
Publication date 2014-09
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/nhs.12105
Open Access Status
Volume 16
Issue 3
Start page 321
End page 326
Total pages 6
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Interprofessional education is increasingly a core component of health professional curricula. It has been suggested that interprofessional education can directly enhance patient care outcomes. However, literature has reported many difficulties in its successful implementation. This study investigated students' perceptions of participating in an online, Web-based module to facilitate interprofessional education. Three focus groups, each with 13–15 students, from emergency health (paramedic), nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and nutrition and dietetics were conducted with students who participated in an online interprofessional education module at one Australian university. Thematic analysis was employed to analyze interview transcripts. Four themes emerged: professional understanding, patient-centeredness, comparison with other interprofessional education activities, and overcoming geographical boundaries. Students were overwhelmingly positive about their learning experiences and the value of the module in assisting their understandings of the roles of other health professionals. Online approaches to interprofessional education have the potential to enhance learning and overcome geographical and logistical issues inherent in delivering face-to-face interprofessional education. Furthermore, our design approach allowed students to watch how other health professionals worked in a way that they were unable to achieve in clinical practice.
Keyword e-learning
Focus group
Health profession
Interprofessional education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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