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J Interprof Care. 2013 Jul;27(4):326-32. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2012.759912. Epub 2013 Jan 30.

Fostering successful interprofessional teamwork through an undergraduate student placement in a secondary school.

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School of Nutrition, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

This exploratory case study examined an interprofessional placement of undergraduate students from nutrition, nursing, early childhood education, and child and youth care who collaborated to develop and deliver four healthy-living modules to secondary school students in Canada. An inductive thematic analysis was used to describe the teamwork that occurred between students. Data collected included focus groups with undergraduate students and preceptors, undergraduate students' reflections and secondary school students' evaluations of the modules delivered. Two major themes that emerged from all data sources were "team functioning" and "shift in perspectives". The undergraduate students identified several ways that facilitated their successful and positive teamwork with one another and also expressed how the placement experience improved their interprofessional skills. Findings from this study are discussed in relation to contact theory (Allport, 1954) and self-presentation theory (Goffman, 1963). This study suggests that providing undergraduate students with interprofessional placements in an educational setting can enhance interprofessional teamwork opportunities for students of various disciplines.

PMID:
23363312
DOI:
10.3109/13561820.2012.759912
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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