Pilot study of an innovative model for clinical education in dietetics

Roberts, Noel, Brockington, Sonia, Doyle, Elizabeth, Pearce, Leonie M., Bowie, Alison J., Simmance, Natalie, Evans, Sherryn and Crowe, Timothy C. 2009, Pilot study of an innovative model for clinical education in dietetics, Nutrition and dietetics, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 39-46.

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Title Pilot study of an innovative model for clinical education in dietetics
Author(s) Roberts, Noel
Brockington, Sonia
Doyle, Elizabeth
Pearce, Leonie M.
Bowie, Alison J.
Simmance, Natalie
Evans, Sherryn
Crowe, Timothy C.
Journal name Nutrition and dietetics
Volume number 66
Issue number 1
Start page 39
End page 46
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 1446-6368
1747-0080
Keyword(s) clinical competence
dietetics
education
nutrition
student
Summary Aim: To pilot and evaluate a new model of clinical dietetics education to address the sustainability of dietetic placements in the clinical setting.

Methods: Final-year dietetics students (n = 14) completed all nine weeks of clinical placement in the pilot program at two large tertiary referral and teaching health services in metropolitan Melbourne. Staff and students completed surveys about their experience within a week of completing placement. Data collected included paid and unpaid staff working hours, hours in clinical and teaching activity, hours of student attendance and student clinical work hours. Data for the last month of the placement programs in the preceding three years were used for comparison with the pilot program.

Results: Combined data for the two providers showed that the model reduced the amount of supervision hours per student hour on placement by 16% while maintaining quality indicators during the pilot compared with previous years. Students in the pilot program were more positive about their experience compared with students in the existing program. The overall trend of responses in the staff surveys was positive for the pilot program, but the trend was not as marked as that of student responses.

Conclusion: The new model of clinical dietetics education was successfully piloted and demonstrated the potential to increase student training capacity without a negative impact on student achievement or major resource demands. Refinements to the model and opportunities to enhance integration into the dietetics degree program were identified during the project. The learning needs of non-English-speaking background students require further scrutiny.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920205 Health Education and Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019544

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