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Evaluating an interprofessional workshop on persistent pain: the role of adult learning and social identity theories


Bridgman, H and Bird, ML and Heyworth, KJ and Maine, G and Hardcastle, SG and Murray, SL and Radford, J and Elmer, SL and Norris, KA and Dean, T and Marlow, AH and Williams, AD and Todd, AM, Evaluating an interprofessional workshop on persistent pain: the role of adult learning and social identity theories, Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching, 3, (Special Issue No.1) pp. 129-139. ISSN 2591-801X (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.37074/jalt.2020.3.s1.11


Interprofessional learning (IPL) is vital for developing work-ready health graduates and enhancing outcomes of people living with persistent pain. Our aim was to pilot an authentic IPL workshop on persistent pain in an Exercise Physiology Clinic. We also sought to explore the application of Adult Learning and Social Identity theories in understanding learning outcomes.

Thirty students from five health disciplines participated in a half-day workshop on IPL and persistent pain, facilitated by multidisciplinary staff. Workshop activities included authentic, simulated case studies and problem-based learning. A mixed-methods, pre-post survey showed significant increases in studentsí confidence in understanding their own and othersí discipline roles in managing persistent pain (p < 0.001), readiness for IPL (p = 0.046) and self-efficacy (p < 0.001). These increases were supported by qualitative outcomes, which were mapped onto Adult Learning and Social Identity theory. A preliminary conceptual framework was developed incorporating proposed learning mechanisms.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:interprofessional learning, chronic pain, learning theories
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Bridgman, H (Dr Heather Bridgman)
UTAS Author:Bird, ML (Dr Marie-Louise Bird)
UTAS Author:Heyworth, KJ (Mrs Karina Heyworth)
UTAS Author:Maine, G (Mrs Greer Maine)
UTAS Author:Hardcastle, SG (Dr Sibella Hardcastle)
UTAS Author:Murray, SL (Ms Sandra Murray)
UTAS Author:Radford, J (Associate Professor Jan Radford)
UTAS Author:Elmer, SL (Dr Shandell Elmer)
UTAS Author:Norris, KA (Professor Kimberley Norris)
UTAS Author:Dean, T (Dr Tracey Dean)
UTAS Author:Marlow, AH (Ms Annette Marlow)
UTAS Author:Williams, AD (Associate Professor Andrew Williams)
UTAS Author:Todd, AM (Mrs Anne Todd)
ID Code:139871
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2020-07-10
Last Modified:2021-02-12
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