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Prioritising the development of paramedic students’ interpersonal skills


Lucas, PV and McCall, MJ and Eccleston, CEA and Lea, EJ and Stratton, BM and Annear, MJ and Crisp, EP and Elliott, Kate-Ellen and Robinson, AL, Prioritising the development of paramedic students' interpersonal skills, Journal of Paramedic Practice, 7, (5) pp. 242-248. ISSN 1759-1376 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.12968/ippr.2015.5.2.35


Objective: This paper analyses residential-aged care clinical placements undertaken by undergraduate paramedic students participating in theWicking Dementia Research and Education Centre’s‘Teaching Aged Care Facilities Program’. Benefits of the placement in facilitating the development of critical interpersonal skills are identified and discussed. Setting: A cohort of final year undergraduate students (n=31) completed a five-day clinical placement in four participating residential-aged care facilities in Tasmania, Australia.

Method: The research involved the collection of qualitative data during student feedback meetings at the end of students’ placements. The data were analysed using a thematic analysis approach.Additionally, quantitative data from pre- and postplacement surveys were collected and analysed using IBM SPSS Statistics 20.0.0.

Results: The research found that students benefited from the placement in terms of developing their interpersonal skills. Students demonstrated an increased understanding of dementia and improved communication strategies for working with people with dementia.

Conclusions: Paramedic clinical placements in residential-aged care facilities address two key issues identified by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, these being a lack of interpersonal skills among graduate paramedics and a shortage of alternative learning sites.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:interpersonal skills, paramedic education, clinical placements, residential aged care, dementia
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:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Lucas, PV (Dr Peter Lucas)
UTAS Author:McCall, MJ (Mr Michael McCall)
UTAS Author:Eccleston, CEA (Dr Claire Eccleston)
UTAS Author:Lea, EJ (Dr Emma Lea)
UTAS Author:Stratton, BM (Dr Brigit Stratton)
UTAS Author:Annear, MJ (Dr Michael Annear)
UTAS Author:Crisp, EP (Dr Elaine Crisp)
UTAS Author:Elliott, Kate-Ellen (Dr Kate-Ellen Elliott)
UTAS Author:Robinson, AL (Professor Andrew Robinson)
ID Code:98660
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2015-02-23
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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