Interprofessional education in a student-led emergency department : a realist evaluation

Ericson, Anne, Lofgren, Susanne, Bolinder, Gunilla, Reeves, Scott, Kitto, Simon and Masiello, Italo (2017) Interprofessional education in a student-led emergency department : a realist evaluation. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 31(2), pp. 199-206. ISSN (print) 1356-1820

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This paper reports a realist evaluation undertaken to identify factors that facilitated or hindered the successful implementation of interprofessional clinical training for undergraduate students in an emergency department. A realist evaluation provides a framework for understanding how the context and underlying mechanisms affect the outcome patterns of an intervention. The researchers gathered both qualitative and quantitative data from internal documents, semi-structured interviews, observations and questionnaires to study what worked, for whom and under what circumstances in this specific interprofessional setting. The study participants were medical, nursing and physiotherapy students, their supervisors and two members of the emergency department’s management staff. The data analysis indicated that the emergency ward provided an excellent environment for interprofessional education (IPE), as attested by the students, supervisors and the clinical managers. An essential prerequisite is that the students have obtained adequate skills to work independently. Exemplary conditions for IPE to work well in an emergency department demand the continuity of effective and encouraging supervision throughout the training period and supervisors who are knowledgeable about developing a team.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This study was funded by a research grant from Stockholm County Council, which is gratefully acknowledged.
Uncontrolled Keywords: interprofessional education, realist evaluation, student-led emergency department, teamwork
Research Area: Allied health professions and studies
Other hospital based clinical subjects
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (until 2017)
Depositing User: Susan Miles
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 15:23
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2019 10:05

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