Teaching clinical skills by Utilising Community Patient Volunteers - a Program Evaluation.

Lane, Margo, Mitchell, Geoff, Towers, Phil and Wong, Amy (2015) Teaching clinical skills by Utilising Community Patient Volunteers - a Program Evaluation.. Focus on Health Professional Education, 16 3: 45-56. doi:10.11157/fohpe.v16i3.84

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Author Lane, Margo
Mitchell, Geoff
Towers, Phil
Wong, Amy
Title Teaching clinical skills by Utilising Community Patient Volunteers - a Program Evaluation.
Journal name Focus on Health Professional Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1442-1100
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.11157/fohpe.v16i3.84
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 16
Issue 3
Start page 45
End page 56
Total pages 12
Place of publication Renmark, SA Australia
Publisher ANZAHPE
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction: The newly established Ipswich regional campus of the University of Queensland School of Medicine experienced difficulty in accessing inpatients for clinical skills teaching during its initial two years of operation. The community patient volunteer (CPV) program was developed to address this problem. Volunteers with significant past medical histories or clinical signs were recruited from the local community and rostered to attend tutorials on campus several times per year. Students practised history taking, physical examination and developed clinical reasoning skills, under the guidance of their clinician tutor. An evaluation of this program was undertaken.

Methods: Questionnaires were disseminated to Ipswich students and volunteers from 2010 and 2011. The surveys explored students’ views of the program compared with hospital-based bedside teaching, and volunteers reflected on their participation. Student performance on Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) was compared between the base and regional cohorts.

Results: Students and volunteers reported benefits from participation in the CPV program. The results of the Ipswich students’ Year 2 OSCE in 2010 and 2011 were similar to the results of the Brisbane cohort, with a significant positive difference in favour of the Ipswich students in the areas of history taking and communication skills for 2011.

Discussion & Conclusions: Student learning was not disadvantaged by the use of the CPV program and may have been enhanced. Volunteers reported personal gains from participation.
Keyword Community Patient Volunteers
Clinical skills
Volunteer patients
Medical Students
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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