The Patient's Experience of Working with Multiple Allied Health Professional Students – A Qualitative Interview Study

Adele Anderson, Julie Morrow, Anita Knighton, Andrew Lloyd, Jane Noble, Gemma Bradley*

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There are increasing numbers of learners in clinical settings as part of approaches to meet workforce demands. As a result, patients are now working with multiple learners at the same time, yet little is known about how people experience this. The aim of this study was to explore the patient experience of working with multiple allied health professional students. Structured interviews were carried out with 22 patients across hospital wards in one hospital in the North-West of England. Data was analysed using thematic analysis and four themes were identified: consent to work with multiple students; responses to working with multiple students; multiple students and feelings of safety; making connections with multiple students. Findings indicated that patients experienced positive relationships and feelings of safety with groups of students. However, patients were given limited advance or tailored information about working with a group of students which is an important area to address.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Patient Experience
Early online date28 Apr 2024
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2024

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