Title

An interprofessional course in bioethics: Training for real-world dilemmas

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-1-2009

Journal

Journal of Interprofessional Care

Volume

23

Issue

6

DOI

10.3109/13561820902921621

Keywords

Bioethics; Curriculum; Health care teams; Interprofessional

Abstract

Future health professionals are often educated with other students of their same discipline when, in practice, they will be working with professionals from other backgrounds to provide care for the patient. Complex issues of ethical concern are common to health professionals due to modern technology. This paper describes the evolution of an interprofessional bioethics course that had a unique combination of students and faculty. Innovative teaching methods were utilized and continuously refined based on student evaluations. Students commonly cited the interprofessional interactions as the most enjoyable part of the learning experience. Establishing a patient-centered focus and an appreciation of the contributions of other disciplines, students learned how to apply ethical decision-making to real cases. At the conclusion of the course, students reported improved attitudes toward interprofessional teamwork. This course format and teaching techniques may be applied at other universities looking for linkages to encourage consistent interprofessional collaboration across disciplines. © 2009 Informa UK Ltd.

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