Interprofessional palliative and end-of-life education: short-term and long-term outcomes - mixed-methods analysis

Adir Shaulov*, Adi Finkelstein, Inon Vashdi, Freda Dekeyser Ganz, Anna Kienski Woloski-Wruble, Estelle Rubinstein, Esther Lee Marcus, Lior Lesser, Dorith Shaham

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Abstract

Objective: Interprofessional care is integral to end-of-life (EOL) and palliative care (PC) and may be suited for EOL and PC education. We evaluate the impact of an interprofessional EOL care curriculum on participants, during the course, on completion and 4 years later using quantitative (questionnaires) and qualitative (open-ended questions and interviews) methods. The course included 14 fifth and sixth-year medical students, 9 social work students and 7 nursing students enrolled in master's degree programmes. Seventeen participants completed questionnaires 4 years later and eight participated in interviews. On postcourse questionnaires, participants attributed high value to interprofessional education (IPE) (4.77/5±0.50 on a Likert scale). Four years later, participants reported that IPE impacted their professional (3.65/5±1.11) and personal lives (3.94/5±1.09) and found PC IPE important (4.88/5±0.33). Conventional content analysis showed that the course enabled discussion of death and dying and provided an opportunity for a personal-emotional journey. It offered an approach to EOL care and an opportunity to experience interprofessional teamwork at the EOL resulting in behavioural change. Interprofessional EOL education resulted in meaningful and lasting self-reported personal and professional behavioural outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberspcare-2023-004290
JournalBMJ Supportive and Palliative Care
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

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Keywords

  • Education and training

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