Health professional students’ observations about interprofessional collaborative practice during rural clinical rotations

Patricia A. Carney, Cirila Estela Vasquez Guzman, Cynthia Taylor, Debbie Cole, Joyce Hollander-Rodriguez, Tamara Rose, Eric Wiser

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Abstract

Background: Students’ participation in rural interprofessional collaborative practices (ICP) environments is critical to transforming healthcare. Purpose: To describe health professional learners’ observations of ICP core competencies (Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice, Roles and Responsibilities, Interprofessional Communication, and Teams and Teamwork) during their rural clinical rotations. Methods: Facilitated discussions or interviews were conducted in person or by phone with 65 Oregon AHEC scholars across four universities and eight health professions programs, including schools of medicine (MD, DO), physician assistant, graduate (FNP/DNP) and undergraduate nursing, dentistry and pharmacy. Our grounded theory analysis identified and verified emergent themes. Results: Students' observations contributed to emergent themes that aligned favorably and unfavorably with ICP's core competencies. Learners reported a typology related to being included as members of the health care teams in rural settings that includes active, limited or observer role. Conclusions: Rural clinical experiences appear to enable or create barriers to students’ ICP learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100471
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Education and Practice
Volume25
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Health occupations students
  • Interprofessional collaborative practice
  • Interprofessional education
  • Interprofessional learning
  • Rural
  • Team based care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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