Effects of interprofessional education on patient perceived quality of care
Active patient-based learning by working together at an interprofessional clinical education ward (CEW) increases collaborative and professional competence among students.
To assess the patients' perceptions of collaborative and communicative aspects of care when treated by interprofessional student teams as compared to usual care.
Patients treated by student teams (medical, nurse, physiotherapy and occupational therapy students) at a CEW comprised the intervention group. Patients treated at a regular ward were taken as controls. The patients answered a questionnaire representing collaborative and communicative aspects of care. Questionnaires from CEW (n = 84) and control (n = 62) patients were obtained (82% vs 73% response rates).
CEW patients rated a significantly higher grade of own participation in decisions regarding treatment as compared to controls (p = 0.006). They did further rate a higher grade of satisfaction with information regarding need of help at home (p = 0.003) and perceived that the CEW staff had taken their home situation into account at a higher grade in the preparation of discharge (p = 0.0002). Finally, CEW patients felt better informed (p = 0.02).
Patients perceived a higher grade of quality of care as compared to controls with no signs of disadvantages when treated and informed by supervised interprofessional student teams.
PubMed URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21182370