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Journal of Allied Health

Stephen D Jernigan, Susan R Hodgkins, Wendy C Hildenbrand, Delois M Laverentz, Kristy Johnson, Michael J Waxman, Jana K Zaudke
PURPOSE: The University of Kansas Medical Center has developed an interprofessional education (IPE) foundational program using TeamSTEPPS, a curriculum designed to improve patient care through effective communication and teamwork. The purpose of this study was to understand the impact of the Level 1 program on learners as they develop the attitudes, knowledge, and skills related to interprofessional collaborative practice. METHODS: Learners (n=715) representing 15 professions participated in the Level 1 program...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Kristen K Hicks-Roof, Karen Beathard
Formal mentoring programs for dietetics students are limited, a critical gap in student application of learning. The educational program evaluated in this study was a structured project-based mentorship program between registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) and students in a didactic program in dietetics (DPD). There were 57 participants in our two-semester program, launched between a large university and a local dietetic association. The program resulted in high satisfaction ratings and strong interest in participating in the future program due to a reported increase in knowledge of concepts in the dietetics field from mentors and mentees involved...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
J S Guffey, Deana Barymon, Cody Doerflein, Cardin Vo, Darren Bowen
As many as 96% of persons over age 50 years may have shoulder abnormalities involving the rotator cuff. Many of these individuals remain asymptomatic. In contrast, there is limited research into the prevalence of shoulder pathology in the younger asymptomatic population. The supraspinatus muscle is the most likely candidate for injury within the common "rotator cuff" array of shoulder pathologies. The purpose of this study was to determine, using musculoskeletal sonography and basic clinical/physical screening, whether younger asymptomatic subjects (23...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Susan J Barlow, June Hanks, Jeremiah J Tate
Capstone courses in professional curricula provide opportunities for students to synthesize and integrate clinical and theoretical information from previous coursework. The purpose of this research was to ascertain the number and type of capstone projects utilized by Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs in the United States. Programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) that published web-accessible curricula were evaluated for the presence of the word capstone in the course title or description...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Joyce A Shanty, Theresa Gropelli
AIMS: Having a culture of safety in an organization is necessary for providers to feel comfortable reporting and discussing medical errors so that solutions can be devised to decrease their occurrence. The purpose of this study was to describe self-reported patient safety competence among nursing, respiratory care, and nuclear medicine technology students. DESIGN: A descriptive study was conducted in a public university. All junior- and senior-level students in nursing, respiratory care, and nuclear medicine technology were asked to complete the Health Professional Education in Patient Safety Survey (H-PEPSS) to assess their perceptions of safety education in the classroom and clinical settings...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Serena Di Tondo, Fabio Ferretti, Silvia Bielli
OBJECTIVES: Defining professional competence and identifying the best way to evaluate these skills has become a topic of study for physiotherapists. The aims of this study were: (1) to reveal and compare the level of competence declared by physiotherapy students with that of professional physiotherapists in the investigated competencies, and (2) to show any associations between the level of competences of physiotherapists and their age or education level. DESIGN: A descriptive cross-sectional survey...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Marcus J Gardner, Carol McKinstry, Byron Perrin
OBJECTIVE: Clinical supervision (CS) is widely used by allied health (AH) professionals, although with limited supporting research evidence. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of CS for AH professionals in a regional health setting and to investigate differences in CS perceptions between AH disciplines. METHODS: Within a participatory action research project, a quantitative cross-sectional survey was distributed to AH professionals at a regional Australian health service...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Matthew M Anderson, Andrew N Garman
Accreditation is used by many health professions to ensure the adequacy of their training programs in preparing future leaders and practitioners. The impact of program accreditation, however, has not historically been the subject of systematic study, meaning the case for program accreditation has been more philosophical than empirical. We hypothesized that a healthcare management program's length of continuous accreditation (accreditation tenure) would be associated with factors related to applicant quality, program selectivity, and starting salaries of students upon graduation...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Hanna Putter-Katz, Aviah Gvion, Deena Wechsler-Kashi, Limor A-B Said, Hadas Yaacobi, Irit Feldman, Orit Shalomson, Amitai Ziv
The current study aimed to evaluate simulation-based medical education (SBME) training and its contribution to the learning process of students in a communication sciences and disorders (CSD) program. The training was integrated in different stages of the program, over 4 years, with different students. The content and complexity of each of the simulation activities targeted specific skills, tailored to the students' learning phase. Students completed a nine-item survey at the end of the first and second semesters of the second year, evaluating the simulation training program structure and students' self-efficacy relating to the building of relationships between care givers and patients...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Jennifer Doherty-Restrepo, Michelle Odai, Meisha Harris, Tiffany Yam, Kelly Potteiger, Alicia Montalvo
CONTEXT: Debriefing (discussion led by a facilitator) in simulation-based education enhances dual learning for facilitators and students. Debriefing guides students to critically reflect on their performance in a simulation setting, thus allowing improvement in cognitive and clinical skills. Research has examined the effectiveness of simulation-based education on knowledge, skills, and confidence; however, less research has examined students' perception of debriefing. OBJECTIVE: To compare peer- and faculty-facilitated debriefing on students' confidence and perceptions of simulation effectiveness...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Weiqing Ge
BACKGROUND: Physical therapy workforce shortages are expected to increase for all 50 states through 2030. There is a recognized nationwide unprecedented shortage of well-prepared physical therapy instructors. One practical solution can be to share instructors among Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs using a blended teaching and learning model. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of a blended teaching and learning model for a neuroscience course in a DPT program...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Chad Cook, Christine McCallum, Gina M Musolino, Michael Reiman, J Kyle Covington
BACKGROUND: Physical therapist program level successes have been associated with cognitive and noncognitive predictors. To our knowledge, no studies in physical therapy have explored predictive criteria for positive professional performance (PPP) in one's career beyond an educational program. The two-fold purpose of this study was to analyze what traits were key indicators of PPP beyond one's academic preparation, with secondary goal to determine whether traits related to PPP could be mediated by academic preparation...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Brenda L Beverly, Donna Wooster
The need for effective services for persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is driving efforts to better prepare teams of allied health professionals. To address this need, an interprofessional graduate course was piloted with students from three allied health professions: physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology. The course aims were to address knowledge and competency in the field of ASD and to promote interprofessional abilities during entry-level preparation. Nine graduate students participated in weekly on-line education and attended a day-long autism conference with local practitioners from seven different professions...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Ashlea D Cardin, Michael B Hudson
BACKGROUND: In the United States' changing health care climate, an updated picture of evidence-based practice (EBP) in the hospital setting is needed. Researchers explored EBP activities that interdisciplinary therapy team members used most frequently to acquire and appraise clinical evidence, therapists' perceptions of EBP, and barriers and enablers to EBP implementation within two similar acute-care hospitals in the Midwest. METHODS: An electronic survey was distributed to 190 therapy practitioners working in two acute-care hospital settings...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Thomas W Elwood
Allied health is a thematically rich domain because it covers a wide range of professions. As such, within any particular discipline, it can be quite challenging to be totally aware of important developments that occur. That situation offers a compelling rationale for choosing reviewers for the Journal of Allied Health who are deemed sufficiently knowledgeable about many specific topics within their respective professions.
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Karen E Furgal, Elizabeth S Norris, Sonia N Young, Harvey W Wallmann
Development of professional behaviors in Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students is an important part of professional education. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has developed the Professionalism in Physical Therapy Core Values Self-Assessment (PPTCV-SA) tool to increase awareness of personal values in practice. The PPTCV-SA has been used to measure growth in professionalism following a clinical or educational experience. There are few studies reporting psychometric properties of the PPTCV-SA...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Leah Hoffman, Allen Knehans, Russell Postier
BACKGROUND: In pancreatic cancer, postoperative weight loss is associated with higher mortality. This study assessed preoperative factors associated with postoperative weight loss so that at-risk patients can be identified for intervention. METHOD: A retrospective review of patients who underwent pancreatic surgery was completed. Demographics and routine blood work were analyzed to determine association with postoperative weight loss. RESULTS: Of 74 patients, 85% lost weight after surgery...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Kenneth D Royal
The topic of assigned seating likely is one that every allied health educator has considered at some point in time. Despite a great deal of informal discussions about the topic, surprisingly, not a great deal of scholarship has explored the role of assigned seating for students in allied health and medical education. While educators can readily recite reasons not to assign seats, rarely can educators provide reasons for doing so. in truth, however, there are many benefits to be reaped from assigned seating in college and medical school classrooms...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Paul Salamh, Chad Cook, Carol Figuers, Kyle Covington
BACKGROUND: Academic dishonesty (AD) has been widely reported as an increasing concern in higher education. The primary purpose of the current study was to investigate the perceptions of what faculty and learners consider acts of AD and the level of seriousness within physical therapist (PT) education. Secondary aims included examining the incidence of AD reported by both groups. METHODS: A survey of 16 scenarios that constitute AD, with 4 questions for each scenario...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Elena Neiterman, Ivy Bourgeault, Julie Peters, Victoria Esses, Elaine Dever, Rae Gropper, Christine Nielsen, Jenna Kelland, Peggy Sattler
AIMS: Bridging education for internationally trained professionals has grown in popularity, but little is known about promising practices for bridging education in allied health professions. This paper addresses this gap by examining the expected outcomes of effective bridging programs, the key features that contribute to their effectiveness, challenges faced by bridging programs, and the appropriate role of regulatory colleges, government, employers, and professional associations in bridging education...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
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