An interprofessional education simulation workshop: Health professions learning palliative care communication

Christine Bradway, Valerie T. Cotter, Neha J. Darrah, Varleisha D. Gibbs, Diane Hadley, Eun Hae Kim, Denise Lamarra, Lora Packel, Amy M. Westcott

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Abstract

Background: Patients with life-limiting illnesses need health professionals who can communicate with each other, as well as with patients and family members. Nursing faculty teach these skills in a variety of formats and, increasingly, via simulation experiences. Method: This pilot study aimed to compare a group of interprofessional health professions students’ (N = 73) self-reported level of confidence in communication, explore behavior change and professional identity, and identify areas for future interprofessional education. Students participated in a simulated team meeting with a standardized family member of an older adult patient hospitalized with an acute aspiration pneumonia and a chronic, progressive illness. Results: Postworkshop, students rated themselves as significantly more confident in interprofessional and palliative care communication (p < .001) than preworkshop, identified important areas of behavior change and professional identity, and provided faculty with ideas for future simulation workshops. Conclusion: Additional research is needed regarding longitudinal curricular efforts and direct patient care outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)493-497
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Volume57
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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    Bradway, C., Cotter, V. T., Darrah, N. J., Gibbs, V. D., Hadley, D., Kim, E. H., Lamarra, D., Packel, L., & Westcott, A. M. (2018). An interprofessional education simulation workshop: Health professions learning palliative care communication. Journal of Nursing Education, 57(8), 493-497. https://doi.org/10.3928/01484834-20180720-08