Practitioner perspectives on extended clinical placement programs in optometry

Bentley, Sharon A., Cartledge, Amy, Guest, Daryl J., Cappuccio, Skye and Woods, Craig A. 2016, Practitioner perspectives on extended clinical placement programs in optometry, Clinical and experimental optometry, vol. 99, no. 3, pp. 248-257, doi: 10.1111/cxo.12337.

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Title Practitioner perspectives on extended clinical placement programs in optometry
Author(s) Bentley, Sharon A.
Cartledge, Amy
Guest, Daryl J.
Cappuccio, Skye
Woods, Craig A.ORCID iD for Woods, Craig A.
Journal name Clinical and experimental optometry
Volume number 99
Issue number 3
Start page 248
End page 257
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2016-05
ISSN 0816-4622
Keyword(s) clinical placement program
optometric education
Summary .Background: Some universities are looking to provide a more diverse range of clinical learning experiences through extended clinical placement programs. This approach will potentially have a significant impact on practitioners. The aim of this study was to conduct a national survey of optometrists to ascertain their perspectives on participating in extended clinical placement programs. Methods: Members of Optometry Australia were invited to participate in a survey conducted during June and July 2014. Results: A total of 268 practitioners participated (six per cent of registered Australian optometrists): 159 were predominantly employees or locums and 109 were owners or managers who identified as the key representative of a practice or organisation for the purpose of this survey. Almost two-thirds (65 per cent) of participants, who were employees or locums were supportive of extended clinical placement programs. Among this group, females were more likely to be supportive than males (p=0.033). In comparison, just over one-third (34 per cent) of participants who were key decision-makers were supportive, with 30 per cent possibly supportive and 36 per cent not supportive. Among key decision-makers, males were more likely to be supportive (p=0.009). The top three perceived advantages of supervising a student were: opportunity to mentor early career development, opportunity to give back to the profession and future recruitment. The top three perceived disadvantages were: burden on time, decrease in number of patients examined and burden on support staff. Suggested incentives for supervising students were credit for continuing professional development and financial remuneration. Conclusion: There appears to be moderate support for extended clinical placement programs; however, there are incentives that might engage a larger proportion of the profession in the future. These findings can inform the development of effective and sustainable clinical training programs for optometry students. Additionally, the findings might be used as evidence to seek Government support for clinical placement training in optometry.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/cxo.12337
Field of Research 111399 Ophthalmology and Optometry not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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