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Multi-disciplinary education within the health care professions

Wood, Barbara (2001) Multi-disciplinary education within the health care professions. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    The aim of this study was to investigate the perceptions held by health care
    professionals, of multi -disciplinary education. In addition, possible areas for the
    development of a multi-disciplinary approach were identified. The research focused
    on the views of nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers, speech therapists and
    occupational therapists.

    The study adopted a case study methodology, incorporating a mixed-method
    approach in terms of data collection. A questionnaire was used to review the
    perceptions of multi-disciplinary education amongst health care professionals, and
    interviews were then conducted with a sample of the respondents to explore their
    views further.

    From the outset, the research process assumed a multi-disciplinary
    perspective. During the study it became clear that organisational and professional
    factors were important influences on how health care professionals perceived multidisciplinary
    education. The research appeared to indicate that the idea of "multidisciplinary
    education" is a problematic concept and that multi-disciplinary education
    is acceptable, where it is appropriate. Most of the professions involved recognised the
    benefits of the process, but were anxious to protect the integrity of each individual
    profession, in the long term. Moreover, they maintained that the medical profession
    needs to be included in the process. The organisational findings were, primarily, that
    multi-disciplinary education might benefit from a cross-agency approach.

    Perhaps significantly, it was suggested that multi-disciplinary education
    should be introduced at the pre-registration stage. It was apparent that teamwork does
    not always occur in practice and that this was an area that could be a focus for multidisciplinary
    education. The research concluded that there should be joint ownership of
    any multi-disciplinary education programme across professions and organisations.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Additional Information: EThOS Persistent ID
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Education and training, Education, Medical care
    Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
    L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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    Depositing User: Graham Stone
    Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2009 16:24
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2010 19:48


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