Economic consequences in clinical education

Haines, T.P., Isles, R., Jones, A., and Jull, G. (2011) Economic consequences in clinical education. Focus on Health Professional Education, 12 (3). pp. 53-63.

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Background: Education in the clinical environment has long been central to the training of health practitioners. Recent studies have sought to compare alternate models for providing clinical education. Deciding on which model is superior can be difficult due to potentially conflicting results across a number of outcomes for the many stakeholders involved in this process. Economic evaluations can aid decision making, however, no framework has yet been developed to guide such analyses in this area.

Aims: To describe a framework to guide economic evaluations in decision making for clinical education.

Outcomes: This paper identifies key stakeholders in the clinical education process, proposes a framework of stakeholder interaction that can form the basis of economic evaluations, identifies key outcomes measures, describes the application of cost minimisation and cost effectiveness evaluations in this area, and proposes the introduction of two new outcome measures (the quality adjusted student educated, and the quality adjusted passing student educated) that may help to resolve conflicts between quantity and quality of clinical education. Use of these tools will aid identification of more efficient approaches to providing clinical education.

Conclusion: The incorporation of economic evaluations into the field of clinical education of health professionals is warranted and has the potential to greatly aid identification of efficient models of education.

Item ID: 15876
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1442-1100
Keywords: economic consequences, clinical education, health
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2011 23:37
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation @ 25%
14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140204 Economics of Education @ 25%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920199 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified @ 25%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920206 Health Policy Economic Outcomes @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum @ 35%
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