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Learning in practice: Collaboration Is the way to improve health system outcomes

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Van Dam, PJ ORCID: 0000-0003-3341-6793, Griffin, P ORCID: 0000-0001-8208-5818, Reeves, NS, Prior, SJ ORCID: 0000-0001-5782-9141, Paton, B, Verma, R, Giles, A, Kirkwood, L and Peterson, GM ORCID: 0000-0002-6764-3882 2019 , 'Learning in practice: Collaboration Is the way to improve health system outcomes' , Healthcare, vol. 7, no. 3 , p. 90 , doi: 10.3390/healthcare7030090.

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Abstract

Evidence suggests that it is challenging for universities to develop workplace-relevantcontent and curricula by themselves, and this can lead to suboptimal educational outcomes. Thispaper examines the development, implementation, and evaluation of Australia’s first tertiarygraduate course in healthcare redesign, a partnership initiative between industry and university.The course not only provides students with an understanding of person-centered sustainablehealthcare but also the skills and confidence to design, implement, and evaluate interventions toimprove health service delivery. Increasing students’ application of new knowledge has beenthrough work-integrated learning, a pedagogy that essentially integrates theory with the practice ofworkplace application within a purposely designed curriculum. The specific aim of this study wasto examine the outcomes of the course after two years, utilizing an anonymous online survey ofgraduates. Sixty-two graduates (48%) completed the survey. Kirkpatrick’s four-level evaluationmodel was used to analyze the data. The analysis revealed high satisfaction levels in relation to thecourse content and delivery. Through successful completion of the innovative course, students hadincreased their knowledge of health system redesign methods and, importantly, the ability totranslate that knowledge into everyday practice. Graduates of the clinical redesign course reportedthat they had been able to transfer their skills and knowledge to others in the workplace and leadfurther improvement projects.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Van Dam, PJ and Griffin, P and Reeves, NS and Prior, SJ and Paton, B and Verma, R and Giles, A and Kirkwood, L and Peterson, GM
Keywords: project-based learning, industry partnership, healthcare, redesign, health service improvement, education, learning evaluation, blended learning
Journal or Publication Title: Healthcare
Publisher: MDPI AG
ISSN: 2227-9032
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/healthcare7030090
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Copyright 2019 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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