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Evaluation of an inter-professional learning session for optometry and pharmacy students

McClelland, Julie F, Jack, Iain and Fetherston, Susan (2015) Evaluation of an inter-professional learning session for optometry and pharmacy students. Perspectives on Pedagogy and Practice, 6 . pp. 19-32. [Journal article]

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URL: http://addl.ulster.ac.uk/docs/VOLUME_6_-_PERSPECTIVES_ON_PEDAGOGY_AND_PRACTICE.pdf


With relatively recent legislation passed allowing Optometrists and Pharmacists to train as Independent Prescribers it is important that both professional groups are aware of each other’s role in Health Care. Although previous studies have demonstrated the benefits of inter-professional learning (IPL), there is little evidence in the literature detailing IPL involving these particular professions (Parcell and Bligh 1999, Curran et al 2007). The present study aimed to evaluate the benefits of IPL teaching and learning for undergraduate Optometry and Pharmacy students using a questionnaire to investigate the students’ perceptions of inter-professional relationships following an IPL case scenario based teaching and learning session. Analyses of data demonstrated that both student cohorts benefited significantly from the IPL session allowing a better understanding of the other groups’ professional skills. Overall the study demonstrated positive effects of learning with other professionals that will ultimately result in better communication between professionals and improved patient care.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Optometry students, Pharmacy students, Inter-professional learning, questionnaire.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Optometry and Vision Science
ID Code:36321
Deposited By: Dr Julie McClelland
Deposited On:21 Nov 2016 12:40
Last Modified:21 Nov 2016 12:40

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