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Learning in practice: collaboration Is the way to improve health system outcomes


Van Dam, PJ and Griffin, P and Reeves, NS and Prior, SJ and Paton, B and Verma, R and Giles, A and Kirkwood, L and Peterson, GM, Learning in practice: collaboration Is the way to improve health system outcomes, Healthcare, 7, (3) Article 90. ISSN 2227-9032 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/healthcare7030090


Evidence suggests that it is challenging for universities to develop workplace-relevant content and curricula by themselves, and this can lead to suboptimal educational outcomes. This paper examines the development, implementation, and evaluation of Australia’s first tertiary graduate course in healthcare redesign, a partnership initiative between industry and university. The course not only provides students with an understanding of person-centered sustainable healthcare but also the skills and confidence to design, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve health service delivery. Increasing students’ application of new knowledge has been through work-integrated learning, a pedagogy that essentially integrates theory with the practice of workplace application within a purposely designed curriculum. The specific aim of this study was to examine the outcomes of the course after two years, utilizing an anonymous online survey of graduates. Sixty-two graduates (48%) completed the survey. Kirkpatrick’s four-level evaluation model was used to analyze the data. The analysis revealed high satisfaction levels in relation to the course content and delivery. Through successful completion of the innovative course, students had increased their knowledge of health system redesign methods and, importantly, the ability to translate that knowledge into everyday practice. Graduates of the clinical redesign course reported that they had been able to transfer their skills and knowledge to others in the workplace and lead further improvement projects.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:project-based learning, industry partnership, healthcare, redesign, health service improvement, education, learning evaluation, blended learning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Van Dam, PJ (Dr Pieter Van Dam)
UTAS Author:Griffin, P (Dr Phoebe Griffin)
UTAS Author:Reeves, NS (Ms Nicole Reeves)
UTAS Author:Prior, SJ (Dr Sarah Prior)
UTAS Author:Peterson, GM (Professor Gregory Peterson)
ID Code:133782
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2019-07-10
Last Modified:2020-08-17
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