Student reflections on interprofessional education for patient safety


  • Chitkasaem Suwanrath Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University
  • Thitima Suntharasaj Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University
  • Pratyanan Thiangchanya Faculty of Nursing, Prince of Songkla University
  • Nattasiri Thanawuth Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Prince of Songkla University


communication skill, health sciences, interprofessional education, patient safety, reflection, teamwork


Objective:To evaluate what students have learned from their participation in the interprofessional education for patient safety course.

Materials and Methods: The interprofessional education for patient safety extra-curricular course was established for health sciences students from three faculties (Medicine, Nursing and Pharmaceutical Sciences). Learning activities were comprised of a half-day workshop, project-based learning, project presentation and writing reflection essays. A qualitative analysis of student reflection essays was performed using conventional content analysis.

Results: A total of 452 students, divided into 40 groups, participated in the program. Qualitative analysis of 40 essays revealed 23 themes, which were categorized into 7 main categories:            1)interprofessional education program, 2)patient-centered care, 3)professional values,                  4) professional roles and responsibilities, 5) communication skills, 6) teamwork and 7) enhancing other non-technical skills. Students had a positive attitude towards the interprofessional education program.

Conclusion: Students have learned and achieved inter-professional core competencies and non-technical skills.

Keywords: communication skill, health sciences, interprofessional education, patient safety, reflection, teamwork


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Suwanrath C, Suntharasaj T, Thiangchanya P, Thanawuth N. Student reflections on interprofessional education for patient safety. Health Workforce Education Journal [Internet]. 2023 Aug. 22 [cited 2023 Dec. 11];1(1):13-22. Available from:



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