Students were asked to answer 23 questions on the effectiveness of the IPC home care program. The Program evaluation was completed online by students, using SURVEYSHARE software. Questions were both categorical and open ended. There were 7 questions that had a 5 point rating scale (1=very satisfied to 5=very dissatisfied). There were 13 questions that were rated on a 7 point rating scale (1=strongly disagree to 7=strongly agree). Lastly, there were 3 questions that were open ended.
It was important to learn whether the students were satisfied with the experience and whether it provided them with the opportunity to learn about other health professionals’ scope of practice. Results indicate that out of the 159/164 (97%) students who completed the evaluation forms:
- 130 students (81.8%) were satisfied or very satisfied with the experience. 14 (8.8%) were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied and 12 (7%) were undecided/neutral. 2 students did not answer the question.
- Students were also asked to rate their overall satisfaction with the opportunity to learn about the role from other health professionals: 139 (87.5%) were satisfied/very satisfied with the opportunity; while 9 (5.7%) were dissatisfied with the opportunity.
When asked open ended questions about their experiences, students provided the following answers…
“What did you like most about the experience?”
- Learning what other professionals do-scope of practice (most popular answer!)
- Physically seeing the determinants of health (above and beyond a lecture)
- Continuum of care-seeing services available to patients
- Debriefing-students enjoyed talking to health professionals about their roles and experiences with patients
- Learning about health professionals role in patient advocacy and the importance of hearing the patient’s story
- Seeing a holistic approach to care
“How could we improve the experience?”
- Minimize the amount of travel (most popular answer)
- More notice of sign up sheets-provide a week’s notice
- Allow students to select the experience (select which health profession they would like to see)
- Enable students to see more patients; more diverse patients
- If student has previous experience as an allied health professional, make placement experience optional.
- Timing of experience.
Lastly, it was important for the Program developers to know whether students would recommend the experience to other students of their same level. Their answer would reflect whether student thoughts it was a worthy endeavour to implement with students in the future:
When asked…“Would you recommend this experience to others?”
- 8/159 (5%) students skipped this question.
- Of those 151 that answered:
- 7/151 (5%) would not recommend the experience for the following reasons:
-Very little hands on experience
-Did not see scope of practice
-Expectations fell short
-Most of our time was spent driving
-I did not learn anything
-Too time consuming
-Could have learned this in LGS
-5/151(3%) said they would recommended to students without previous health care experience/knowledge
- 139/151 (92%) said they would recommend this experience to other students.
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