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Transformative effects of Aboriginal health placements for medical, nursing, and allied health students: a systematic review

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posted on 2018-06-01, 00:00 authored by H McDonald, Jennifer BrowneJennifer Browne, J Perruzza, R Svarc, C Davis, K Adams, C Palermo
© 2018 John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd The aim of the present systematic review was to investigate whether placements in Aboriginal health affect the self-perceived skill in working in Aboriginal health settings and career aspirations of health students, and in particular, aspects of the placement that had the greatest impact. The Embase, Cinahl, ProQuest, Scopus, Informit, Ovid MEDLINE, PsychINFO, and PubMed databases were searched in April/May 2016. Placements of at least 1 week duration in an Aboriginal health setting involving Australian students of medical, nursing, dentistry, or allied health disciplines, with outcomes relating to changes in students’ knowledge, attitudes, and/or career aspirations, were included. The search retrieved 1351 papers. Fourteen studies were eligible for inclusion in this review. Narrative synthesis found that work placements in Aboriginal health increased understanding and awareness of Aboriginal culture, promoted deeper understanding of Aboriginal health determinant complexity, increased awareness of everyday racism toward Aboriginal Australians, and enhanced desire to work in Aboriginal health. There is a need for improved teaching and learning scholarship to understand whether placements improve students’ skill working with Aboriginal people in health care or increase the likelihood of future employment in these settings.

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Journal

Nursing and health sciences

Volume

20

Issue

2

Pagination

154 - 164

Publisher

Wiley

Location

Chichester, Eng.

ISSN

1441-0745

eISSN

1442-2018

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, John Wiley & Sons Australia

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