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.
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AS and AF are joint first authors.
AS and AF contributed equally.
Contributors Conception and design: AS, AF and DS. Study implementation, acquisition and/or assembly of data: IV, AF, AS and DS. Analysis and interpretation of data: all authors. Manuscript writing: all authors. Final approval of the manuscript to be published: all authors.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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