The Transfer of Problem-Based Learning Skills to Clinical Practice

Stanton, Marie T., Guerin, Suzanne and Barret, Terry (2017) The Transfer of Problem-Based Learning Skills to Clinical Practice. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 11 (2). pp. 1-16.


The purpose of this article is to present and discuss the reported impact of a fully problem-based learning (PBL) master's program on the way graduates worked with patients and colleagues in Ireland. These graduates had completed a sixteen-month fully PBL master's in sonography while concurrently working in clinical practice. Semi-structured telephone interviews were used to collect qualitative data from graduates of the PBL program. PBL graduates reported four notable changes in their approach to clinical practice following the PBL MSc ultrasound program: (1) thinking more before, during, and after clinical practice; (2) more effective communication with patients; (3) improved communication with colleagues; and (4) an increase in proactivity in clinical practice. The transfer of skills developed during the PBL program, as reported by sonography graduates, led to the development of more patient-centered, evidence-based, proactive clinical practice.

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