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Medical and pharmacy students’ perspectives of remote synchronous interprofessional education sessions
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    Journal article
  • Authors:
    Abdelhakim HE, Brown L, Mills L, Ahmad A, Hammell J, McKechnie DGJ, Ng TWT, Lever R, Whittlesea C, Rosenthal J, Orlu M
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    Springer Science and Business Media LLC
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    BMC Medical Education
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    Interprofessional Education, Remote learning, Pharmacy, Medicine
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Background Interprofessional education (IPE) at university level is an essential component of undergraduate healthcare curricula, as well as being a requirement of many associated regulatory bodies. In this study, the perception of pharmacy and medical students’ of remote IPE was evaluated. Methods A series of IPE sessions took place via Zoom and students’ feedback was collected after each session. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected and analysed. Results 72% (23/32) of medical students strongly agreed that the sessions had helped to improve their appreciation of the role of pharmacists, whereas 37% (22/59) of pharmacy students strongly agreed, reporting a median response of ‘somewhat agreeing’, that their appreciation of the role of general practitioners had improved. This difference was found to be statistically significant (p = 0.0143). Amongst students who responded, 55% (53/97) identified remote teaching as their preferred mode of delivery for an IPE session. Conclusions The survey demonstrated that the students valued the development of their prescribing skills as well as the ancillary skills gained, such as communication and teamwork. Remote IPE can be a practical means of improving medical and pharmacy students’ understanding of each other’s professional roles, as well as improving the skills required for prescribing.
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