Publication type: Conference other
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: Study visits to health and social care institutions to promote inter-professional competencies
Authors: Bussmann, Esther
Schaffert, René
Strohmeier Navarro Smith, Rahel
et. al: No
Conference details: COHEHRE Annual Conference, Vic, Spain, 3-5 April 2019
Issue Date: 2019
Language: English
Subjects: Interprofessional collaboration; Internationality
Subject (DDC): 362: Health and social services
Abstract: Background: In the context of a growing complexity in health and social care, one profession alone cannot deal with the diverse problems of clients, a multi-perspective view is necessary. Different approaches and various interdependencies between the professions challenge the system and there is a growing need for inter-professional collaboration (IPC). Consequently, IPC has become an integrative part of many education programs for professionals in health and social care in different countries. Knowledge of different professional roles is important for collaboration and an essential competency for IPC. Aim: It is the aim of an international study course to support students in health professions and social work in their development of inter-professional competencies. Methods: An inter-professional team of lecturers with background in social work and health professions developed a one-week course to promote exchange between students from different countries and professions based on a systematic approach and theories. As a core element of the week, three different institutions with good practice for inter-professional collaboration are visited. Each visit is hosted by a specific profession (nurses, social workers, therapists) within a typical setting of the health and social care system (long-term care, rehabilitation and acute psychiatry). In addition, active participation of the students is promoted with an individual preparation task as well as group works, presentations and a structured reflection. Results: The course is offered as a part of an international winter school with students coming from different countries from all over the world. Each week is visited by 26 students coming from up to ten different countries and up to nine different professions with main focus on social work, nursing, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Structured feedbacks reveal that students are highly satisfied with the learning experience and the course offers them opportunities to learn about different roles of different professions and inspires to promote inter-professional collaboration in their own countries and work settings. Conclusions: Study visits to health and social care institutions offer a promising approach to promote inter-professional competencies and allow students from different professions to learn about their roles and the different cultural backgrounds that shape inter-professional collaboration.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Not specified
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Social Work
Organisational Unit: Institute of Public Health (IPH)
Institute of Diversity and Social Integration (IVGT)
Centre for Education, Development and Services (ZBES)
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