Student outcomes for interprofessional education in student led clinics: A rapid review

Sian Hopkins, Rachel Bacon, Allyson Flynn

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Abstract

Student-led clinics provide a unique opportunity for interprofessional education as part of the education of future allied health professionals. A rapid review was conducted to determine the benefits to allied health students participating in interprofessional education in student-led clinics. Studies were included if they took place within a student-led clinic, reported on outcomes for students and where the clinic involved interprofessional education for students from either two or more allied health professions, or one allied health and one nursing student. Results were analyzed using a descriptive qualitative approach. Five themes were identified: (a) understanding of own role and scope of practice; (b) understanding of the role and scope of practice of other professions; (c) individual benefits to the students; (d) impact on patient-centered care; and (c) understanding of how to work in an interprofessional team. These benefits indicate that student-led clinics are a suitable setting for the delivery of interprofessional education to allied health students. More research is needed that considers the long-term impact on these student outcomes following students’ entry into the healthcare profession, as well as on the impact of specific components of the interprofessional education models on student outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Jan 2021

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