Simulating complexity: providing undergraduate students with exposure in early clinical training to the multidisciplinary management of frail older people

Hardisty, Jessica, O’Neil, Helen, O’Connell, Janice, Hancock, Rebecca, Lucas, Rachael and Parkin, Lindsay (2017) Simulating complexity: providing undergraduate students with exposure in early clinical training to the multidisciplinary management of frail older people. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning. bmjstel-2017. ISSN 2056-6697

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Abstract

This project aims to translate the clinical experience of the multidisciplinary frailty team into a classroom-based teaching session for undergraduate healthcare students. Teaching sessions were developed, which employed the pedagogical techniques of interprofessional education and simulation to replicate the complexities of managing frail older people in clinical practice.

The implications of changing patient cohorts, in particular the rising number of frail older people with multiple comorbidities and resultant polypharmacy, for the undergraduate and postgraduate training of healthcare professionals have stimulated substantial debate.1 2 City Hospitals Sunderland (CHS) has been at the vanguard of developing a service to improve the management of frail older people in an acute setting and was an early adopter of the Frailsafe project, which aims to improve the reliability of the care of this patient group and reduce the length of hospital stays and readmission rates.3 Multidisciplinary frailty teams composed of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and allied healthcare professionals use the Frailsafe checklist4 to ensure full implementation of the existing evidence base when caring for older people in order to reduce the risk of adverse outcomes including pressure ulceration, infection, confusion and venous thromboembolism.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Sciences > Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Depositing User: Jessica Hardisty
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2018 11:48
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 04:55
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/8717

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