Interprofessional education: merging nursing, midwifery and CAM

Maggie Netherwood, Ruth Derham
British Journal of Nursing: BJN 2014 July 10, 23 (13): 740-3

AIM: To ascertain the value of bringing together undergraduate students from nursing, midwifery, and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to determine what they could learn from each other.

BACKGROUND: Interprofessional education (IPE) is a growing field promoting interaction between professional groups, collaborative working and quality of health. In conventional health, IPE has a role to play in undergraduate education. No studies have been undertaken to investigate the integration of CAM students and conventional undergraduate healthcare students.

METHOD: In a mixed-method study, in 2010, a sample of third-year students enrolled on adult nursing, midwifery, homeopathy and complementary therapies degree courses took part in two workshops and a focus-group discussion.

FINDINGS: Six themes were identified from qualitative data analysis: interaction; breaking down prejudices; knowledge of self; knowledge of others; common aims; and organisational limitations.

CONCLUSION: The common aim of patient-centred care allowed students to recognise the benefits of a more integrated health system.

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