Learning through participating on an interprofessional training ward

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Submitted by National Center... on Mar 14, 2014 - 11:14am CDT

Learning in clinical education can be understood as a process of becoming a legitimate participant in the relevant context. Interprofessional training wards (IPTWs) are designed to give students from educational programmes in health and social care a realistic experience of collaboration for the purpose of developing teamwork skills. IPTWs have been found to be appreciated by the students and to influence students' understanding of each other's professions. The aim of this study was to describe and analyse the students' learning on an interprofessional training ward in care for older persons through focusing on the students' ways of participating in the communities of practice on the ward. A case study design was chosen. Multiple data sources were used. The findings show that the students engaged as active participants in the care. At the same time there was sometimes a discrepancy between on the one hand expectations and goals, on the other hand actual participation. There were difficulties in making the training relevant for all the student groups involved. The findings indicate that in the planning of interprofessional education the choice of setting and learning situations is crucial with regard to the learning that will occur.

PubMed URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19657936

Lidskog, Marie
Lofmark, Anna
Ahlstrom, Gerd
Journal Citation: 
Journal of Interprofessional Care. 23(5):486-97, 2009.