Evaluation of an inter-professional learning session for optometry and pharmacy students

Julie F McClelland, Iain Jack, Susan Fetherston

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With relatively recent legislation passed allowing Optometrists and Pharmacists to train as Independent Prescribers it is important that both professional groups are aware of each other’s role in Health Care. Although previous studies have demonstrated the benefits of inter-professional learning (IPL), there is little evidence in the literature detailing IPL involving these particular professions (Parcell and Bligh 1999, Curran et al 2007). The present study aimed to evaluate the benefits of IPL teaching and learning for undergraduate Optometry and Pharmacy students using a questionnaire to investigate the students’ perceptions of inter-professional relationships following an IPL case scenario based teaching and learning session. Analyses of data demonstrated that both student cohorts benefited significantly from the IPL session allowing a better understanding of the other groups’ professional skills. Overall the study demonstrated positive effects of learning with other professionals that will ultimately result in better communication between professionals and improved patient care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-32
JournalPerspectives on Practice and Pedagogy
Early online date1 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Dec 2015


  • Optometry students
  • Pharmacy students
  • Inter-professional learning
  • questionnaire.


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