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Interprofessional curriculum development achieves results: Initial evidence from a dementia-care protocol


Annear, MJ and Goldberg, LR and Lo, A and Robinson, A, Interprofessional curriculum development achieves results: Initial evidence from a dementia-care protocol, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 30, (3) pp. 391-393. ISSN 1356-1820 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3109/13561820.2015.1117061


This report describes the outcomes of a five-day, protocol-based interprofessional education (IPE) initiative to prepare undergraduate medical, nursing, and paramedic students for collaborative work with adults with dementia. Clinical placements provided a structured and supervised IPE experience for 127 students in two Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) in Hobart, Australia, during 2013 and 2014. The IPE activity was based on a seven-step protocol formulated by an interprofessional team of educators and aged care practitioners that revolved around collaborative assessments of adults with complex health needs. This article describes the IPE protocol and presents the results of a pre- and post-placement attitude questionnaire and knowledge quiz administered to evaluate student attitudes towards IPE and knowledge of dementia. Data suggest that a five-day, supervised, and protocol-based IPE experience in a dementia-care setting can inculcate positive changes in student attitudes about collaborative practice and may encourage dementia-related learning outcomes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:interprofessional care, interprofessional education, pre-qualifying, surveys, dementia care
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Residential client care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Annear, MJ (Dr Michael Annear)
UTAS Author:Goldberg, LR (Associate Professor Lyn Goldberg)
UTAS Author:Lo, A (Dr Amanda Lo)
UTAS Author:Robinson, A (Professor Andrew Robinson)
ID Code:108066
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2016-04-05
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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