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Student reflections following exposure to a case-based interprofessional learning experience: preliminary findings


Goldberg, LR and Brown, GR and Mosack, VA and Fletcher, PA, Student reflections following exposure to a case-based interprofessional learning experience: preliminary findings, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29, (4) pp. 380-382. ISSN 1356-1820 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3109/13561820.2014.969835


This study analyzed students' written reflections following their initial exposure to interprofessional teamwork in case-based problem-solving. A three-hour seminar featuring three sequenced scenarios was developed and offered 12-times over two semesters. A total of 305 students from a variety of healthcare programs worked together with standardized patients in an on-campus laboratory simulating hospital ward and rehabilitation settings. A thematic analysis of students' reflections showed that they valued the shared learning and realistic case study. However, they felt the experience would be strengthened by working in smaller, more representative teams that included students from medicine, psychology, and social work to enable more effective communication and comprehensive case discussion. While useful for future planning, the identified themes did not enable a comparative statistical analysis of what students found helpful and difficult and a re-coding of students' responses now is underway. Implications for measuring the effectiveness of future interprofessional case-based learning center on addressing the identified weaknesses, and establishing a research design that enables a comparison of pre- and post-seminar data, and the effectiveness of the IPE experience compared to profession-specific experiences.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:case-based learning, content analysis, interprofessional education, reflection, teamwork, case study, problem-based learning
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Goldberg, LR (Associate Professor Lyn Goldberg)
ID Code:95919
Year Published:2015 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2014-10-11
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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