Better together: Interprofessional Education in Medication Safety

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Abstract

Background: The importance of actively working with other professionals, as part of a single team, is well embedded in discussions relating to effective healthcare. The need for effective teamwork specifically in relation to patient safety is also widely acknowledged; however healthcare has traditionally been poor at building teams and professional groups tend to function semi-autonomously and autocratically.1
Objective: This study aims to gain the views and experiences of students from nursing, pharmacy and medicine involved in an interprofessional workshop in medication safety.
Setting and methods: Interprofessional workshops involving students from nursing, pharmacy and medicine were delivered using case studies involving medication incidents. Focus groups were used to investigate participant’s views and experiences of the workshop.
Results: Focus groups were completed with 22 students. Five main themes were identified from the focus group data relating to medication safety; these were increasing confidence, insight into roles, improving skills, culture of responsibility and application to future practice.
Conclusions: This study represents a model for delivery of training that has demonstrated improvement in the students’ attitudes towards team working and is a first step towards introducing team working into the medication safety program. The programme continues to run using live and virtual workshops.

1. Leape LL. A systems analysis approach to medical error. J Clin Eval Clin Pract. 1997. 3, 3, 213-222.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2013
EventSchool of Medicine Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Centre for Medical Education break out session Annual Education Away Day 2013 - Riddel Hall, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Oct 201318 Oct 2013

Conference

ConferenceSchool of Medicine Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Centre for Medical Education break out session Annual Education Away Day 2013
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period18/10/201318/10/2013

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