Background: Inter professional clinical training is practised during two-week periods for teams of medical, nurse and physiotherapist students at Karolinska University Hospital. The student team attend a separate surgery, orthopaedic or medical consulting room at the emergency department, taking care of patients with acute complaints. The team works with a high degree of independence with guidance and supervision of tutors from each profession, with the purpose to improve professional and collaboration skills.
Aim: Comparison of the declared attitudes and judgements following the practice is performed to assess the usefulness and impact of the training in the different student categories.
Method: Experienced value of the training is assessed with a standard questionnaire with enclosed free comments.
Results: Preliminary data indicate a very high satisfaction of all student categories, but the inter professional elements seem to be most appreciated by the nurse and physiotherapy students. Further analyses of data are in progress and will form the basis to discuss these differences. An important distinction might be that nurse and physiotherapy students are close to starting their professional life, whereas the medical students have another 2 years of studies ahead.
Conclusion: The inter professional team-work supports the understanding of the students’ different professional roles in a wider context and contributes to a more holistic approach to patient care. However, the differences in experience from the trainee period demands more careful analysis.