Evaluation of the learning experiences afforded through multipractice learning in primary care: a project in the development of a multiprofessional learning organisation

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This mixed methods study used questionnaires and focus groups to evaluate a multiprofessional learning environment in which undergraduate pharmacy students were attached to general practices to learn alongside general practice specialist trainees (GPSTRs). All 27 of the first cohort of third-year undergraduate pharmacists elected to take part in the study. Mean Interdisciplinary Education Perception Scale (IEPS) scores showed little change between pre- and post-attachment questionnaires in the four domains: competency and autonomy; perceived need for cooperation; perception of actual cooperation and understanding of others' values. Individual paired tests showed an increase in understanding the values of others, which did not achieve statistical significance. The questionnaires further identified issues of trainee pharmacists' perceived low status, and feeling undervalued. Focus groups increased understanding of the perceptions and identified what the trainees saw as the unique learning experiences of their attachements: opportunities to practice their professional roles; to explore professional boundaries; and to achieve a better understanding of the organisation of primary care. However, full participation in interprofessional learning was limited by the interactions of powerplay between doctors and other team members and the perceived differences in professional standing.

PubMed URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23232133

Layzell, Sarah
Journal Citation: 
Education for Primary Care. 23(6):422-9, 2012 Nov.