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Learning how "professions can work together to provide the best care": Dental-pharmacy inter-professional education presenter

Johnson, Ilona, Smith, Mathew ORCID:, Tomlinson, Pamela, Jones, Rhiannon, Jones, Rhiannon and Jones, Sharon 2017. Learning how "professions can work together to provide the best care": Dental-pharmacy inter-professional education presenter. Presented at: Learning together to improve oral health and quality of life, Vilnius, Lithuania, 23-26 August 2017. p. 45.

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Background: Inter-professional learning is advocated as a key approach for modern healthcare education however educational practice is still developing. Aims & Objectives: The aim was to explore qualitative exit poll feedback arising from a series of inter-professional teaching sessions for undergraduate dentists, hygienists, therapists and pharmacists. Materials & Methods: Five inter-professional teaching sessions were organised for 206 students (Year2 Pharmacy n=104, Year2 Dental n=76, Year1 Hygiene and therapy n=26). Each session included between 30 and 50 students. A teaching plan was sent out in advance to all staff and was cascaded to all students. Students were asked to leave anonymous post-it note feedback comments about their experiences and suggestions at the end of the session. Data were entered manually into Microsoft Excel and thematic analysis was conducted. Results: Results: A total of 122 students who attended left feedback. Comments focussed on four main themes. 1) A “good” session (n=96 participants), most often where students had learned something new or had particularly enjoyed the experience. 2) Learning about topic areas divided into: where students described having learned about specific topics such as medical histories and medicines (n=84), better knowledge and understanding of professional roles (n=72) and awareness of knowledge gaps (n=21). 3) Timing and fit; students n=14 described where this session best fitted into their schedules, views varied significantly in this area. 4) Organisation and Content; to improve learning was suggested, for example additional preparatory information and pre-reading (n=23). Conclusions: Conclusion: Inter-professional teaching between pharmacy and dental can provide positive learning experiences, greater awareness of professional roles, medical topics and knowledge gaps. Students appear to prefer: structured sessions with pre-preparation, greater interaction and a good fit to their own stage of learning. Further evaluation of the added benefits which arose from this e.g. subsequent inter-professional cascade of oral health information to medical students is needed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Dentistry
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2023 02:26

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