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Does multidisciplinary training ultimately improve patient outcomes?

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Bayliss-Pratt L (2013) Training to promote multidisciplinary working. Nursing Times; 109: 21, 12-13.

Arnold F, Berry H (2013) How interprofessional learning improves care. Nursing Times; 109: 21, 14-16.

Two articles appeared in this week’s NT promoting the practice of multidisciplinary training. That is, students from different disciplines training together.

Bayliss-Pratt L: The Better Training Better Care programme incorporates recommendations from Sir John Temple’s report Time for Training and John Collins’ review Foundation for Excellence to improve multiprofessional training and working. This article describes some of the programme pilots underway in the UK and looks at how they can be disseminated through the rest of the health service to improve patient care throughout.

Arnold F, Berry H: Students from different health disciplines often have little idea of what each other’s roles entail. Interprofessional learning increase this knowledge, as well as giving students an understanding of the interpersonal skills needed for liaison and communication. IPL has been shown to create teams that work together better and improve patient experience. It has been introduced successfully at the University of East Anglia and at other higher education institutions.


What do you think?

  • Does training with other disciplines create better team working and communication once students qualify?
  • Do members of the multidisciplinary team know and understand each other’s roles?
  • Are there any downsides to training with other disciplines?
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