Clinicians were asked to answer 21 questions on the effectiveness of the IPC home care program. The program evaluation was completed online by clinicians, using SURVEYSHARE software. Questions were both categorical and open ended. There were 10 questions that had a 5 point rating scale (1=very satisfied to 5=very dissatisfied). There were 9 questions that were rated on a 7 point rating scale (1=strongly disagree to 7=strongly agree). Lastly, there were 2 questions that were open ended.
It was important for us to learn whether the clinicians were satisfied with the experience, the relevance of clinical placement to teach students to work collaboratively and the relevance of clinical placement to teach students about patient care in the home.
Results indicate that out of the 30/36 (83%) clinicians who completed the evaluation forms:
- 24 (80%) were satisfied or very satisfied with the experience. 6 (20%) were undecided/neutral.
- 27 (90%) were satisfied or very satisfied with the relevance of clinical placement to teach students to work collaboratively. 1 clinician (3.33%) was neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, and 2 (6.7%) were dissatisfied with the placement.
- 27 (90%) of clinicians were satisfied or very satisfied with the relevance of clinical placement to teach students about patient care in the home. 1 clinician (3.33%) was neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, 1 clinician (3.33%) was very dissatisfied with the placement, and 1 clinician (3.33%) chose not to answer the question.
When asked open ended questions about their experiences, clinicians provided the following answers…
“What did you like most about the experience?”
- Exposing students to the complexity of home care and the vital role of health professionals who work in the home
- Teaching [students] about being part of a team
- Exposing [students] to the determinants of health
- Exposing [students] to better patient care by understanding and adhering to the needs of the patient
- Opportunity to impact student’s career and how they will practice with patients
- It was most satisfying when students had some idea of professionals scope of practice and asked a lot of questions
“How could we improve the experience?”
- More notice of visits: both for students and for clinicians
- Paid time to plan activities: fair compensation and incentives
- Need protected time to debrief students after placement so that they can get the most out of the experience
- Provide students with information on professional courtesy
- Include discussion on determinants of health during training
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