Journal of Interprofessional Care, 2013: Evaluation of an interprofessional educational curriculum pilot course for practitioners working with post-stroke patients
Published by BWAC staff:
Rho Henry Olaisen, MPH - Director Aquatic Services
Alissa Shaw, MLA - Communication Strategist
Joanna Marshek, PT - Clinical Supervisor
Cecilia Macchiavelli, MPP - Aquatics Program Manager
This report describes the design and evaluation of an interprofessional pilot training course aimed at pre-licensure practitioners working with post-stroke patients in community-based settings. The course was developed by community-based practitioners from nine health professions. Course learning activities included traditional methods (lectures) and interactive modules (problem-based learning and exchange-based learning). The study’s aim was to assess the program’s effectiveness in adapting and incorporating knowledge, skills and selfconfidence when delivering tertiary care in therapeutic pool environments; gauge adoption of course principles into practice, and assess overall course satisfaction. Methods of evaluation included conceptual mapping of course format, pre- and post-questionnaires, daily reflection questionnaires, course satisfaction survey and adoption survey, 10 weeks follow-up. Overall, the findings indicate students’ knowledge, skills and self-confidence in delivering effective poststroke care increased following the training. Students reported adopting clinical practices in 10 weeks follow-up. Implications for designing interprofessional curricula are discussed.