Interprofessional education (IPE) has long been considered an important means of improving communication and interaction between health professionals and of addressing patient safety concerns. This study aimed to explore whether a high-fidelity (HF) simulator could enhance a postgraduate IPE session on team-working and communication skills. A convenience sample of six doctors and six nurses, all recently qualified and working in an acute care setting, participated in teams of one nurse and one doctor in a typical clinical case scenario using a HF simulator. Pre-and post-test questionnaires and two focus groups were used to gather views on the IPE session. All of the participants agreed that all aspects of the IPE activity—the HF simulation, the scenarios and the debriefing—were ‘effective’ in attracting and retaining interest and attention. Future larger-scale research needs a more objective approach, such as a consideration of patient-related impact and outcomes.
Traynor, M., Galanouli, D., Gardner, J., & Corry, R. (2016). Why we need more research into interprofessional education. British Journal of Nursing, 25(21), 1-6. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2016.25.21.1190