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Reality check: validating virtual patients for interprofessional wound care education
Karolinska Institutet.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Community Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Karolinska Institutet. (Medicinsk pedagogik)
2016 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Background: Interprofessional collaboration is important for successful healing of leg ulcers, but studies have demonstrated a lack of collaboration in practice. The education can contribute to establish conditions for interprofessional collaboration and an understanding for the other profession’s perspective on patents. We intended to use web based virtual patients (VPs) to implement shared learning between nursing and medical students. These VPs need thus to reflect different aspects. The question guiding this research was: How should VP cases be designed to reflect authentic situations in wound care in order to improve interprofessional education (IPE)?

Summary of Work: Observations and interviews were conducted with physicians and nurses in both primary care and at a university hospital. Interview data underwent thematic analysis in relation to the research question and the VPs were then discussed regarding these.

Summary of Results: Two themes emerged; 1) organization of management, and 2) direct clinical care. The 1st theme indicated a lack of teamwork, competence and responsibility with ambiguous professional roles. The 2nd theme revealed the importance of initial handling, aspects of nursing and follow-up. Observation data supported the findings in the interviews. The themes exposed weaknesses in our VP cases in which the lack of nursing perspectives was particularly apparent.

Discussion: The interviews revealed the importance of increased knowledge of leg ulcer management, nursing and follow-up. The VP cases need to be enriched by reflecting these aspects to improve future interprofessional collaboration. Furthermore, VP activity should be followed-up by discussing the cases with students and facilitators from the "other" profession.

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Virtual patients, interprofessional education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-131641OAI: diva2:998739
AMEE 2016. International Association of Medical Education in Europe. Barcelona 27-31 Augusti 2016
Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2016-10-07Bibliographically approved

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