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Interprofessional collaborative practice in healthcare : perceptions and experiences of healthcare students undertaking accelerated pre-registration programmes in the practice placement setting

This study investigates experiences of accelerated pre-registration healthcare students of collaborative interprofessional working and examines their perceptions of the factors which influence this, including the interprofessional education they have undertaken. It is set in context of current NHS policy, where professional collaboration is advocated as a means of addressing issues of quality, efficacy and efficiency in patient care. Design: Mixed Methods Study Method: Three studies were undertaken. 1. Longitudinal panel survey examining students’ attitudes to interprofessional learning, (questionnaire administered at three points during the course) 2. Survey study using critical incident technique to explore examples of ’good’ and ’poor’ collaborative practice 3. Interview study examining beliefs and attitudes in depth. Subjects: Total sample of 207 students, from two cohorts of accelerated learning students (nursing, physiotherapy and dietetics) attending one university. Analysis: Descriptive statistical analysis was performed to describe the population characteristics, the context of their practice and reported practice incidents. Thematic content analysis, employing triangulation between data sources, was applied to the qualitative data. Results: This accelerated group was similar to standard pre-registration students, entering university with a strong professional identity and openness to interprofessional learning, which attitudes declined over time. ’On the job’ learning was identified as the predominant way students learned about working collaboratively. Five factors were identified as key in influencing interprofessional activity of which Communication and Teamwork were the most important.
Date January 2012
CreatorsEvans, Amanda
PublisherKing's College London (University of London)
Source SetsEthos UK
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation

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