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Enhancing Care Transitions for Older People through Interprofessional Simulation: A Mixed Method Evaluation

Sykes, Susie; Baillie, Lesley; Thomas, Beth; Scotter, Judith and Martin, Fiona (2017). Enhancing Care Transitions for Older People through Interprofessional Simulation: A Mixed Method Evaluation. International Journal of Integrated Care, 17(6), article no. 3.

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Abstract

Introduction: The educational needs of the health and social care workforce for delivering effective integrated care are important. This paper reports on the development, pilot and evaluation of an interprofessional simulation course, which aimed to support integrated care models for care transitions for older people from hospital to home.
Theory and methods: The course development was informed by a literature review and a scoping exercise with the health and social care workforce. The course ran six times and was attended by health and social care professionals from hospital and community (n=49). The evaluation aimed to elicit staff perceptions of their learning about care transfers of older people and to explore application of learning into practice and perceived outcomes. The study used a sequential mixed method design with questionnaires completed pre (n=44) and post (n=47) course and interviews (n=9) 2-5 months later.
Results:Participants evaluated interprofessional simulation as a successful strategy. Post-course, participants identified learning points and at the interviews, similar themes with examples of application in practice were: Understanding individual needs and empathy; Communicating with patients and families; Interprofessional working; Working across settings to achieve effective care transitions.
Conclusions and discussion:An interprofessional simulation course successfully brought together health and social care professionals across settings to develop integrated care skills and improve care transitions for older people with complex needs from hospital to home.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Authors
ISSN: 1568-4156
Keywords: older people; care transitions; integrated care; collaboration; interprofessional working; simulation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Nursing
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 51372
Depositing User: Lesley Baillie
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2017 08:54
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2019 13:34
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/51372
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