Decline in Medical Students' Attitudes to Interprofessional Learning & Patient-centredness
Interprofessional learning (IPL) is valuable in preparing health care students to work collaboratively in teams, with patients’ needs at the core. Patient-centredness is the impetus for communication and collaboration in health care. Debate continues on when it is best to develop positive student attitudes towards these aspects of care. Should IPL commence early before attitudes to patients, professional stereotypes and identity are formed, or later for advanced learners with greater experience of their roles and responsibility in health care? This study explores graduate-entry medical students’ attitudes to IPL and patient-centred care, on programme entry and after an early interdisciplinary clinical experience (ICE).