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P23 The Value of Refugees as Standardized Patients and Interpreters for Interprofessional Education: A Pilot Study (STU)

Denise McGuigan, MSEd; Thomas Feeley; Kim Griswold, MD, MPH; Isok Kim, PhD; Timothy Servoss, PhD; May Shogan; Karen Zinnerstrom

02/2/18 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Austin Grand Ballroom J-K

The United States remains one of the foremost countries accepting individuals and families fleeing global persecution and violence. Resettled refugees face barriers in accessing primary health care due to lack of provider cultural awareness and limited English proficiency (LEP). We designed a standardized patient (SP) project to train students from nursing, medicine and social work to work with interpreters and interact with refugees from different cultures who have LEP. Students participated in a medical encounter with an interpreter and refugee SP. SP/interpreters completed checklists assessing student communication skills and professionalism. Students completed pre/post evaluations addressing confidence level and attitude toward patients with LEP. Focus groups of students as well as SPs were conducted to obtain participants' perception of the activity and interaction with one another. Preliminary results indicate the SP encounter served to bolster the confidence of some students while revealing apparent gaps in training for others. Social work and medical students showed increases in confidence while nursing students exhibited decreases in overall confidence. Ratings of student performance by SPs and their interpreters were positive (>4 out of 5). SPs rated student performance significantly higher than the interpreters F(1,26)=5.34, P=.029. This poster describes the development, implementation and evaluation of this project.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. After viewing this poster, participants should be able to facilitate interprofessional education among students in training that will be working together to form future healthcare teams.
  2. After viewing this poster, participants should be able to learn from refugees and interpreters how best to use an interpreter effectively.
  3. After viewing this poster, participants should be able to analyze their ability to communicate effectively with Standardized Patients using an interpreter and enhance cultural understanding of students about refugee patients.


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