ERIC Number: ED426212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating Multidisciplinary Education in Health Care.
Pirrie, Anne; Wilson, Valerie; Elsegood, John; Hall, John; Hamilton, Sheila; Harden, Ronald; Lee, Diana; Stead, Joan
A 2-year study evaluated students' and course organizers' perceptions of the effectiveness of multidisciplinary education (ME) in health care and factors that facilitate or inhibit its development. The study had three phases: a survey of ME provision in the United Kingdom; 42 qualitative interviews and focus groups in 14 sites; and data feedback. Literature review and focus group results led to a definition of ME. Findings include: ME is perceived to be more effective at the postgraduate level; communication is enhanced when students have developed a greater understanding of other professionals' roles; and ME may reinforce participants' sense of their own professional identity, lead to increased personal and professional confidence, and ensure better and more cohesive working practices. Committed individuals, staff with a sense of purpose who work together, staff development, and institutional support facilitated development. The following factors inhibited it: imbalance in student numbers; suitable accommodation for large- and small-group teaching; access to library and information technology facilities; timetabling across groups; the role of professional bodies; unsynchronized validation cycles and profession-specific accreditation; funding constraints; and competition within the sector. Findings from interviews with education commissioners were consistent. Recommendations were made for course organizers and policy makers and education commissioners. (The report contains 65 references. Appendixes include methodology, data collection overview, interview guides, and feedback summary.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Developed Nations, Foreign Countries, Health Personnel, Interdisciplinary Approach, Medical Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8JR Scotland; Web site: http://www.scre.ac.uk (7.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Scottish Office Health Dept., Edinburgh.
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education, Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom