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An Interdisciplinary Team-Based Learning Experience in Clinical Ethics

Published: October 10, 2013 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9579

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This team-based learning resource provides the framework for health professions students from multiple health colleges to actively engage in interprofessional dialogue about ethical codes and bioethical principles from across the health professions, apply these codes/principles to historical and present-day ethical dilemmas, and experience interprofessional teamwork in resolving ethical dilemmas. A set of eight multiple-choice questions was used to assess the effectiveness of student preparation for this activity. Data related to the questions was derived from a large (N = 626) sample of interprofessional learners from 10 different health science disciplines at a large academic health science center in the Southeastern US. Average performance across professions ranged from 16.5 to 20.27 on a 32-point scale (featuring eight questions, each worth four points). The mean team performance on the team readiness assurance test (M = 26.47, SD = 2.70) significantly exceeded (p < .01) individual mean performance on the individual readiness assurance test (M = 17.98, SD = 5.63). There was no statistically significant difference in team readiness assurance test score between teams (p = .37).

Educational Objectives

By the end of this team-based learning resource, participants will be able to:

  1. Analyze ethical breaches of the health care professionals involved in the historical Tuskegee Experiment.
  2. Apply bioethical principles to the Tuskegee Experiment.
  3. Analyze a present-day ethical dilemma in a clinical setting in collaboration with interprofessional team members.
  4. Apply an organizational approach for resolving ethical dilemmas.

Author Information

  • Andrea Gregg: University of Florida
  • William Allen: University of Florida
  • Erik Black: University of Florida
  • Richard Davidson: University of Florida
  • Wayne McCormack: University of Florida College of Medicine

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Gregg A, Allen W, Black E, Davidson R, McCormack W. An interdisciplinary team-based learning experience in clinical ethics. MedEdPORTAL. 2013;9:9579. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9579