Enhancing teamwork among allied health students: Evaluation of an interprofessional workshop

Sylvia Rodger*, Sharon Mickan, Julie Marinac, Gail Woodyatt

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Abstract

This report outlines the teamwork learning outcomes of an interprofessional workshop conducted with a cohort of 81 graduate-entry students of occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech pathology, and audiology. This four-hour workshop was based around a case scenario of a child with developmental coordination disorder. This report describes and evaluates the development of knowledge and skills of teamwork that were facilitated through this workshop. Students completed questionnaires before and after the workshop about their knowledge of teamwork, requisites for working together, the utility of the workshop, and learning outcomes. The evaluation indicated that the workshop was successful from the students' perspectives in confirming the importance of teamwork and the processes of communication and collaborative goal setting. Students refined their own professional roles and developed an appreciation of the contribution of other professions and parents. This recognition of the comparative value of different professional contributions in providing holistic patient care is one of the starting points for education about interprofessional teamwork.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-235
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Allied Health
Volume34
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes

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