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Clinical placements in residential care facilities part 1: positive experiences


Lucas, P and McCall, M and Lea, E and Eccleston, C and Stratton, B and Crisp, E and Andrews, S and Robinson, A, Clinical placements in residential care facilities part 1: positive experiences, Journal of Paramedic Practice, 5, (7) pp. 400-406. ISSN 1759-1376 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.12968/jpar.2013.5.7.400


Objective: This paper analyses aged care clinical placements undertaken by undergraduate paramedic students participating in the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre's 'Teaching Aged Care Facilities Program'. Student views on positive learning experiences during placement are identified in order to support further development of high-quality evidence-based clinical placements.

Setting: A cohort of final year undergraduate students (n = 17) completed a 5-day clinical placement in two participating residential aged care facilities in Tasmania, Australia.

Method: The research involved the collection of qualitative data during weekly student feedback meetings whilst on placement that were recorded and transcribed. Quantitative data from pre- and post-placement questionnaires were collected and analysed using IBM SPSS Statistics 20.0.

Results: Positive learning experiences identified by students include: an increased understanding of dementia and dementia palliation; development of 'soft skills' such as empathy and communication skills; and improved understanding of the operations of residential aged care facilities.

Conclusions: Paramedic practice is an emerging discipline that needs to consider the positive learning experiences identified in this analysis. This will facilitate further development of quality, evidence-based models of undergraduate paramedic student learning in residential aged care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:clinical placements, dementia palliation, paramedic education, residential aged care
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lucas, P (Dr Peter Lucas)
UTAS Author:McCall, M (Mr Michael McCall)
UTAS Author:Lea, E (Dr Emma Lea)
UTAS Author:Eccleston, C (Dr Claire Eccleston)
UTAS Author:Stratton, B (Dr Brigit Stratton)
UTAS Author:Crisp, E (Dr Elaine Crisp)
UTAS Author:Andrews, S (Dr Sharon Andrews)
UTAS Author:Robinson, A (Professor Andrew Robinson)
ID Code:87484
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2013-11-20
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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