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The Impact of an Online Learning Resource Designed to Enhance Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in Palliative Care: Findings from the Caring Together Pilot Project

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Author(s): Colla J McDonald | Emma J Stodel | Pippa Hall | Lynda Weaver

Journal: Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education
ISSN 1916-7342

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 42;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: E-learning | Palliative care | Interprofessional practice

ABSTRACT
Background: This study assessed the effectiveness of an online learning resource for staff in long-term care (LTC) homes. The resource was designed to increase palliative care and interprofessional patient-centred care (IPC) skills and knowledge and stimulate the transfer of knowledge to the workplace.Methods and Findings: A mixed methods approach was used. The StagedInnovation Design, which uses an experimental group and a control–replication group, was adopted. The resource was piloted in two not-for-profit LTC homes with 55 staff. Data were collected from four surveys. Individual interviews were conducted with 15 participants. Participants stated the resource exposed them to relevant, practical information regarding caring for residents at the end of life; thematerial was presented in an engaging, interactive manner; and e-learning was a convenient way to learn. The resource allowed learners to learn with, from, and about each other and increased palliative care and IPC skills and knowledge. Evidence regarding changes in learners’ attitudes toward IPC and transfer ofknowledge was weak. Given the short time-frame from completion of the training to evaluation, this is not surprising.Conclusions: Suggestions for improving the resource emerged from the evaluation, and these have been implemented.
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