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Reflections on the development and implementation of interprofessional education between pharmacy and dentistry

Johnson, Ilona 2018. Reflections on the development and implementation of interprofessional education between pharmacy and dentistry. CollectivED 6 , pp. 77-85.

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Background: Inter-professional education (IPE) is advocated as a key approach for modern healthcare education to develop better readiness for collaborative practice. Reports indicate that it enables the professions to “learn with, from and about each other” and can optimise exchange of experience and expertise. While there have been calls for better dentistry-pharmacy inter-professional education there is limited evidence for best practice. Aim This paper describes learning and reflections and feedback from the process of developing and implementing interprofessional learning activities between dental, pharmacy and hygiene and therapy students. Methods Data collected from staff and from student “post it note” exit polls were collated and analysed using a thematic approach to data. Results The interprofessional learning sessions were most successful when delivered in a clinical setting and when students were able to interact. Challenges for delivery included issues which included timetables, room bookings, staff training/experience, capacity and attitudes. Conclusions Interprofessional educational activity development is itself a learning process of development involving a range of factors that can contribute to success. However, there are many challenges involved. Surrounding support and willingness of staff to try new things and work together to overcome the obstacles is important in the journey to success.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Publisher: Carnegie School of Education
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 April 2019
Date of Acceptance: 6 October 2018
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2019 13:30

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