Student placement experience surveys: What are the commonalities and are they consistent with evidence-based frameworks?

Ms Sarah Bailey1, Ms Belinda  Gavaghan1, Ms Nicole  Dennis1, Associate Professor Geoff Argus2

1Queensland Health , Brisbane, Australia, 2The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Introduction: Clinical placements provide students with the opportunity to develop skills and experience in clinical settings and are key to developing work ready allied health professionals. Various tools are used to monitor the quality of clinical education, including measures of placement experience. Within Queensland Health, measures of student placement experience are collected locally, either by individual professions, health services or education providers and are administered at different frequencies and using different survey platforms. The aim of this project was to identify a common set of questions and develop a methodology to compare student experience survey data across allied health professions and health services.

Methods: A sample of Queensland Health allied health student placement experience surveys were reviewed, and questions mapped to the key elements of three evidence-based frameworks. Initial mapping was undertaken by two members of the research team and validated by a panel of experts. The feasibility of, and a methodology to use, survey data to enable analysis and comparison across professions and health services was examined.

Results: All allied health surveys included core questions related to the placement and learning environment, feedback and assessment of performance, placement support and supervision and educational resources. Mapping to evidence-based frameworks identified an absence of questions related to evidence-based practice and interprofessional education and practice.

Conclusion: Allied Health clinical placement experience surveys share common elements and questions, which if analysed at a statewide level, may be used to explore placement feedback, examine contributing factors and to support performance improvements across placement sites.


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