Training the primary care team: A successful interprofessional education initiative

Jackson, C. L., Nicholson, C., Davidson, B. J. and McGuire, T. M. (2006) Training the primary care team: A successful interprofessional education initiative. Australian Family Physician, 35 10: 829-832.

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Author Jackson, C. L.
Nicholson, C.
Davidson, B. J.
McGuire, T. M.
Title Training the primary care team: A successful interprofessional education initiative
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2006-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 35
Issue 10
Start page 829
End page 832
Total pages 4
Editor B. Vassiliadis
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College General Practitioners
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
Formatted abstract
BACKGROUND
A multidisciplinary approach to the education of health professionals is being increasingly promoted as a means to cultivate collaborative practice between professions in the health care sector and to enhance patient care.

METHOD

One hundred and two students from seven different University of Queensland Health Science disciplines completed between one and three interprofessional seminars involving small group work, case discussion, expert panel presentation, and interactive question and answers.

RESULTS
Paired sample T testing indicated significant differences in pre- and post-responses related to knowledge of effective clinical management, multidisciplinary assessment, goal setting, roles and responsibilities, and referral networks across all disciplines. Similar testing also indicated significant shifts in attitude to increased job satisfaction, reduced fragmentation of care, and reduction in professional boundaries related to multidisciplinary care. Ninety-six percent of participants indicated that the benefit of a team approach was effectively modelled.

DISCUSSION
Undergraduate interprofessional education can result in highly significant shifts in knowledge of, and attitudes to, multidisciplinary team care.
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