University of Oulu

Tiina Tervaskanto-Mäentausta, Anja Taanila, Olavi Ukkola, Leila Mikkilä, Jari Jokinen & Essi Varkki (2017) Collaborative diabetes training in outpatient primary care, Journal of European CME, 6:1, 1288490, DOI: 10.1080/21614083.2017.1288490

Collaborative diabetes training in outpatient primary care

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Author: Tervaskanto-Mäentausta, Tiina1,2; Taanila, Anja1; Ukkola, Olavi1;
Organizations: 1Center for Life Course Health Research, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, Finland
3Health centre of the City of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-06-28


Two Universities from Oulu, Finland organised integrated and interprofessional (IP) type 2 diabetes training periods for undergraduate medical and nursing students in collaboration with the University Hospital and Health and Wellbeing Centre of Oulu. There is an ongoing health, social services and regional government reform in Finland. The services will be organised in a customer-orientated way and the reform will combine the primary and secondary services. The training was tailored to reflect the real life future setting in Finnish primary care, and this model fits well with the principles of collaborative education. The study aimed at investigating students’ attitudes and readiness for inter professional learning and their learning experience in combined primary and secondary care settings. The second aim was to strengthen students’ professional skills by working with patients in a patient-centred manner. The “Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale” was used with added questions about pair training. Students’ perceptions of their clinical skills were evaluated. The students valued the mutual learning experience in outpatient primary care. They felt comfortable with working together and complemented each other. Students performed well with IP competencies such as patient centredness, communication and team functioning. Patients in general were very satisfied with the visit. Teamwork and collaboration, professional identity and pair work were highly scored in both student groups while roles and responsibilities were evaluated a little less positively. Collaboration between different levels of care and health policies is important when developing health professionals’ education. This IP teamwork experience helps both future and current health-care professionals to better organise the care of chronic illnesses.

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Series: Journal of European CME
ISSN: 2161-4083
ISSN-E: 2161-4083
ISSN-L: 2161-4083
Volume: 6
Issue: 1
Article number: 1288490
DOI: 10.1080/21614083.2017.1288490
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.