Enhancing Medical Students’ Understanding ofthe Role of the Health Care Team Through aSimulated Patient Journey Scenario

Patricia Johnson, Michelle McLean, Victoria Brazil, Tracy Nielson

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Ineffective interprofessional collaboration and devaluing junior members of the health care team can create barriers to patient care and ultimately result in adverse patient outcomes. Education providers need to ensure that teaching strategies aimed at promoting effective team work in health care provision are an integral part of the curriculum. We developed and evaluated a teaching session that used a simulated patient journey scenario based on a ‘patient’ with chest pain that introduced first year medical students to the roles and responsibilities of many of the health professionals involved in patient care. A survey questionnaire comprised of 5 ranked item questions and 4 short answer questions was distributed to participating students to determine if the session increased their awareness and understanding of the contribution of the multidisciplinary health care team. The response rate was 96% (90/94). The 5 ranked items were analysed using descriptive statistics, with results from all questions positive: means ranged from 4.15 to 4.71 (1 = Strongly Disagree,2 = Disagree, 3 = Neither agree or disagree, 4 = Agree,5 = Strongly Agree). Topic coding of the short answer questions provided supporting information to explain their responses. This specially designed simulated patient journey scenario for new medical students enhanced their understanding and appreciation of the roles and responsibilities of members of the health care team.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9
Number of pages1
JournalMedical Education
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2013


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