Short Report: Novel interprofessional learning for healthcare students: An escape room pilot

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    Abstract

    Introduction: Interprofessional practice is an important contributor to improved patient outcomes, yet interprofessional learning (IPL) has proven challenging to implement. With responsibility for a cohort of students from many universities and disciplines, attending placements of various lengths and dates, the Flinders Northern Territory Remote and Rural Interprofessional Placement Learning program needed a novel way to overcome barriers to IPL.
    Innovation: An “escape room”, an immersive team-based activity with puzzles and problem solving, was developed specifically for this program. The room has an interprofessional healthcare theme and can be transported in a suitcase to enable use in almost any placement site.
    Evaluation: The room was run as a pilot in three stages – briefing, solving the room and debriefing. The pilot room was evaluated in multiple ways: observation of participants before, during and after the room; participant evaluation questionnaires; free-flow discussion after participation; and through written and verbal feedback received. A shortened version was presented to ANZAHPE conference attendees, with observers asked to provide feedback. The room was evaluated for participant engagement and perceived learning value.
    Outcomes: The evaluation findings indicate that the escape room activity was very enjoyable, encouraged participant engagement, suited many professions, was transportable and showed promise as an interprofessional learning platform. Additionally, it provided unexpected benefits, including networking opportunities, staff engagement and peer support possibilities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-7
    Number of pages7
    JournalFocus on Health Professional Education: A Multi Discipline Journal
    Volume20
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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