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An interprofessional workshop for students to improve communication and collaboration skills in end-of-life care. Am J Hosp Palliat Care 2015 Dec;32(8):876-80

Date

08/31/2014

Pubmed ID

25172781

DOI

10.1177/1049909114549954

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-84945907795   21 Citations

Abstract

Interprofessional care is critical for patients at the end of life (EOL), but programs to teach communication skills to medical and nursing students are rare. The aims of this study were to determine whether an interprofessional workshop improves (1) student attitudes toward teamwork and (2) self-efficacy for communicating in difficult situations. Nursing and medical students attended a workshop with collaborative role play of an EOL conversation. Before the workshop, students showed different attitudes toward teamwork and collaboration and varying levels of confidence about communication skills. After the workshop, both groups reported more positive attitudes toward teamwork but a mixed picture of confidence in communication. Experiential interprofessional education workshops enhance perceptions about the benefits of teamwork, but further teaching and evaluation methods are needed to maximize the effectiveness.

Author List

Erickson JM, Blackhall L, Brashers V, Varhegyi N

Author

Jeanne M. Erickson PhD, RN Associate Professor in the College of Nursing department at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adult
Attitude of Health Personnel
Communication
Cooperative Behavior
Education
Female
Humans
Interprofessional Relations
Male
Students, Medical
Students, Nursing
Terminal Care
Young Adult