Preparing tomorrow's doctors and nurses
: A study to inform the development of interprofessional education for undergraduate medical and nursing students

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Abstract

For healthcare professionals the issue of interprofessional education (IPE) has been the focus of much debate. Indeed, as will be seen, even its definition has proven contentious. Current research about the purpose and the processes of IPE and evidence to support the case for its future development offer an inconclusive, and at times contradictory, picture. nevertheless, Government, and professional regulatory bodies, as well as representatives of education providers have all acknowledged that IPE must be given a role in the education of healthcare professional . IPE is an area that demands further research to support (or refute) the contention that it should be an integral part of healthcare curricula. This is particularly important where programmes involve medical and nursing students and are at undergraduate level.

This thesis has two inter-related aims:
1. To identify and explore key issues to inform the development of an IPE programme for undergradute medical and nursing students.
This aim will be achieved by means of a review of the relevant literature and two exploratory research studies.
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2. To evaluate the appropriateness of an IPE programme subsequently developed for undergraduate medical and nursing students.

This aim will be achieved by way of an evaluation of the programme from the perspective of students and educators using qualitative and quantitative research methods. The evaluation will focus on the key areas identified by the literature review and by the findings of the exploratory studies.
Date of AwardDec 2004
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SupervisorJean Orr (Supervisor)

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