A picture tells 1000 words: learning teamwork in primary care

Kelly, Martina and Bennett, Deirdre and O'Flynn, Siun and Foley, Tony (2013) A picture tells 1000 words: learning teamwork in primary care. Clinical Teacher, 10 (2). pp. 113-117. ISSN 17434971

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Background: Teamwork and patient centredness are frequently articulated concepts in medical education, but are not always explicit in the curriculum. In Ireland, recent government policy emphasises the importance of a primary care team approach to health care. We report on an appraisal of a newly introduced community-based student attachment, which focused on teamwork. Aim: To review students' experience of teamwork following a community clinical placement by examining student assignments: essays, poetry, music and art. Methods: Year-2 graduate-entry students ( n = 45) spent 2 weeks with a primary care team. Attachments comprised placements with members of the primary care team, emphasising team dynamics, at the end of which students submitted a representative piece of work, which captured their learning. Essays ( n = 22) were analysed using a thematic content analysis. Artwork consisted of painting, collage, photography, poetry and original music ( n = 23). These were analysed using Gardner's entry points. Results: Three core themes emerged in both written and visual work: patient centredness; communication; and an improved appreciation of the skills of other health care professionals. Students identified optimal team communication occurring when patient outcomes were prioritised. Metaphors relating to puzzles, hands and inter-connectedness feature strongly. The poems and artwork had a high impact when they were presented to tutors. Conclusion: Primary care team placements focus student attention on teamwork and patient centredness. Student artwork shows potential as a tool to evaluate student learning in medical education. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Clinical Teacher is the property of Wiley-Blackwell and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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Additional Information: Kelly, Martina 1 Bennett, Deirdre 1 O'Flynn, Siun 1 Foley, Tony 2; Affiliation: 1: Department of Medical Education, University College of Cork, Ireland 2: Kinsale Medical Centre, Cork, Ireland; Source Info: Apr2013, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p113; Subject Term: TEAMS in the workplace; Subject Term: PRIMARY care (Medicine); Subject Term: TEAM learning approach in education; Subject Term: MEDICAL education; Subject Term: PATIENT-centered care; Subject Term: IRELAND; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611310 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools; Number of Pages: 5p; Document Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: TEAMS in the workplace; PRIMARY care (Medicine); TEAM learning approach in education; MEDICAL education; PATIENT-centered care; IRELAND
Depositing User: Colin Lowry
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 09:51
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/2646

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