Monthly Archives: June 2015

Summary: A pilot study to test the effectiveness of an innovativeinterprofessional education assessment strategy

In a recent quasi-experimental pilot study, Emmert and Cai tested an assessment tool designed to evaluate students’ teamwork skills, and assessed the effectiveness of an interprofessional education (IPE) course.  Participants were health professional students (physical therapy, pharmacy, dental and osteopathic medicine) 24 of whom were second-year students who had previously taken part in an IPE… Read More »

Summary: Attitudes of nursing school deans toward interprofessionaleducation in Western Pacific Region countries

A previous survey distributed to medical school deans in the Western Pacific Region (WPR) showed positive attitudes toward collaborative practice and interprofessional education (IPE). Makino et al.’s recent survey built on this, aiming to clarify the present state of IPE and the attitudes of nursing school deans in the WPR. The modified Attitudes Toward Health… Read More »

Summary: Adherence to clinical guidelines in heart failure (HF) outpatients: Impact of an interprofessional HF team on evidence-based medication use

Clinical systolic heart failure (HF) guidelines specify recommendations for ACE inhibitors (ACEI), angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) and beta blockers according to doses used in clinical trials. However, many HF patients remain suboptimally treated. Crissinger and colleagues recently conducted a retrospective chart review to determine which provider type, between an interprofessional HF team, non-HF cardiologists and… Read More »

Summary: Perceptions of interprofessional clinical simulation among medical and nursing students: A pilot study

Interprofessional education (IPE) is a well-supported concept in medical education and a priority for leadership. How students experience IPE is unclear.A recent pilot study by Shanahan and Lewis evaluated how medical and nursing students perceived and experienced IPE. Ten medical and 10 nursing students participated in a clinical simulation-based IPE exercise with 2 medical and… Read More »

Summary: Impact of crisis resource management simulation-based training for interprofessional and interdisciplinary teams: A systematic review

Crisis resource management (CRM) abilities are important for different health care providers to effectively manage critical clinical events. This study by Fung and colleagues aimed to review the effectiveness of simulation-based CRM training for interprofessional and interdisciplinary teams compared to other instructional methods (e.g., didactics). Interprofessional teams are composed by several professions (e.g., nurse, physician,… Read More »

Summary: Interprofessional team meetings: Opportunities for informal interprofessional learning

In their recent study, Gillian Nisbet, Stewart Dunn and Michelle Lincoln explore the potential for workplace interprofessional learning, specifically the learning that occurs between health professionals, as part of their attendance at their regular interprofessional team meetings. While most interprofessional learning research to date has focused on formal structured education programs, this study adds to… Read More »

Book Review: Where No Doctor Has Gone Before: Cuba’s Place in the Global Health Landscape

Where No Doctor Has Gone Before: Cuba’s Place in the Global Health Landscape Robert Huish  Waterloo, ON, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013 156 pages. $31.65 USD ISBN: 978-1-55458-833-6 Robert Huish, Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University, Department of International Development Studies, presents an overview of the Cuban health system, the Cuban medical education system, and… Read More »