Integrating Interprofessional Education into Suicide Prevention Training: Results from A Pilot Evaluation.
- Resource Type
- ACADEMIC JOURNAL
- Social Work in Public Health (SOC WORK PUBLIC HEALTH), 2019; 34(7): 628-636. (9p)
Suicide prevention training for health professions students is lacking, often occurring in disciplinary silos. The present study reports outcomes from an interprofessional education (IPE)-based suicide prevention course for health professions students across a variety of disciplines (e.g., social work, counseling, public health). Using a quasi-experimental design, students either took part in a fully online or blended version of the course. Primary outcomes included: (1) significant moderate-to-large positive gains in suicide prevention knowledge, perceived clinical care skills, and perceived ability to help self-harming patients; (2) moderate positive shifts in sensitivity to risk factors of those who died by suicide; (3) non-significant impacts on IPE-related outcomes; (4) overall high course satisfaction; and (5) students in the blended course preferred several interactive methods more than students in the online course version (large effects). Recommendations are provided for course revision and future implementation in educational and community-based settings.