Interprofessional Education

Medication Safety: Interprofessional Teaching and Learning using Simulation

The Department of General Practice in association with the Schools of Pharmacy and Nursing and Midwifery developed and evaluated a novel interprofessional teaching session for undergraduate medical, pharmacy and nursing students using high fidelity simulation in the ASSERT Centre. 

Team members:

  • Dr Elaine Walsh, School of Medicine
  • Dr Laura Sahm, School of Pharmacy
  • Professor Jonathan Drennan, School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Dr Rob Gaffney, School of Medicine
  • Mr Simon Smith, School of Medicine, ASSERT Centre

Students adopted the roles of doctor, pharmacist and nurse to generate, review and dispense a patient's prescription as they would in real life.

Students completed questionnaires, participated in focus groups and were marked according to competencies in prescribing, dispensing and communication.

73% of students who took part in the study strongly agreed that it helped them establish the role of other healthcare professionals.

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Medication error is a major problem within the healthcare profession. It is in fact the most preventable cause of patient harm

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The teaching and learning session developed by General Practice at University College Cork can be easily replicated at your institution.

Dr Walsh

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Good interprofessional communication skills are essential.

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Should you need more information on the Medication Safety Interprofessional Education project, please get in contact with Dr Elaine Walsh at elaine.walsh@ucc.ie

Department of General Practice

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Room 2.41, T12 XF62

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