The National Health Service (NHS) has called for the 'eradication of demarcation lines between healthcare professionals' in the UK. Educational institutions are therefore striving to achieve this outcome through integrative interprofessional initiatives. This article discusses the effects of an integrative training course for medical and nursing students in 'breaking bad news' to patients. Triangulation of the qualitative methods enabled the researchers to gather student perspectives on this experience. Data analysis revealed that the 34 student volunteers challenged misconceptions of professional roles through this interprofessional programmes. Questionnaire demonstrated that although most students had enrolled on the course to develop communication skills, the interprofessional aspect of the course was one of the main educational benefits. While outcomes were largely positive, some students were anxious about a holistic interprofessional curriculum. Undergraduate healthcare students may need to collaborate earlier, and for longer time-periods, to enhance professional understanding and relationships.
|Journal||Learning in Health and Social Care|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|