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Using interactive theater to improve provider-family communication and promote inter-professional education and practice in palliative care
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, , , , , , , University of North Carolina Wilmington, United States ; , Theater Delta, United States

Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice Volume 4, Number 1, ISSN 2405-4526 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

Abstract

Palliative care practice often includes the need for health providers to have difficult conversations with patients and families. These conversations may include discussing diagnoses, prognoses, test results and care options.This innovative project used interactive theater as a means of teaching undergraduate and graduate health professional students evidence-based methods for delivering difficult health news in health care settings.The university partnered with a professional interactive theater company to host a production focused on care team communication and delivery of difficult health news to family caregivers of an older adult experiencing an acute stroke.The use of this modality allowed audience members to interact with the actors, who remained in character, to discuss the case scenario.Audience members were surveyed using an investigator-developed posttest survey instrument, and positive quantitative and qualitative data confirmed the usefulness and feasibility of using interactive theater in educating health professionals.

Citation

Pastor, D.K., Ashton, C., Cunningham, R.P., Kolomer, S., Lutz, B.J., Smith, S., White, P.H. & Saypol, B. (2016). Using interactive theater to improve provider-family communication and promote inter-professional education and practice in palliative care. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 4(1), 15-20. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved July 5, 2022 from .

This record was imported from Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice on January 29, 2019. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice is a publication of Elsevier.

Full text is availabe on Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.xjep.2016.06.002

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