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Supporting the learning experience of health‐related profession students during clinical placements with technology: A systematic review

Jones, Andrea; Wilson, Iseult; McClean, Stephen; Kerr, Danny; Breen, Cathal


Andrea Jones

Iseult Wilson

Stephen McClean

Danny Kerr


High quality clinical education is a fundamental component of undergraduate health-related professions programmes. Technological interventions offer potential to support and enhance student learning experiences during clinical placements, i.e. away from the university setting. This review aims to systematically explore, evaluate and summarise the range of technological strategies within the literature regarding support of the student learning experience during clinical placements. A systematic review was conducted using defined search terms, educational and medical subject headings (MeSH). Relevant databases were searched alongside hand searching of citations and grey literature. Experimental studies with technological strategies designed to support student learning during clinical placements were included. A modified version of Kirkpatrick's levels (Barr et al., Effective interprofessional education: Assumption, argument and evidence. Blackwell, 2005) was used to evaluate strategies. Twenty-one papers met inclusion criteria. Heterogeneity existed in terms of strategies and their usage e.g. whether synchronous or asynchronous; targeting individual students or groups A wide range of technological strategies may be employed to support the student learning experience during placements. However, none were identified as being of high quality therefore further research is required to provide stronger evidence to support their use. Consideration should be given to the underlying purpose of the strategy as well as the potential barriers for implementation e.g. acceptability and connectivity. Students should be clearly informed of strategy purpose and requirements, with opportunities to practice prior to placements. Review findings may provide insight to assist educators to develop future support strategies for students on clinical placements during challenging circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 14, 2022
Online Publication Date Aug 16, 2022
Publication Date 2022-08
Deposit Date Nov 2, 2022
Publicly Available Date Nov 3, 2022
Journal Review of Education
Electronic ISSN 2049-6613
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 2
Article Number e3364
Keywords clinical placements, educational technology, healthcare education, student support
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