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Effectiveness of an escape room for undergraduate interprofessional learning: a mixed methods single group pre-post evaluation

  • Moore, Leigh1
  • Campbell, Narelle1
  • 1 Flinders University, Darwin, Casuarina, NT 0811, Australia , Darwin (Australia)
Published Article
BMC Medical Education
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Apr 20, 2021
DOI: 10.1186/s12909-021-02666-z
Springer Nature


BackgroundInterprofessional practice (IPP) has been shown to contribute to quality service provision and improved health outcomes. This knowledge has led to the integration of interprofessional education into course curricula for many health-care disciplines. Offering interprofessional education in rural areas to students undertaking work integrated learning placements is challenging particularly because of the diversity of students and placement dates combined with the student focus on the assessable placement curriculum.This research investigated and evaluated the utility of an escape room as an educational modality that facilitates learning whilst providing a supportive and motivating learning environment. Our project focused on the acquisition of interprofessional practice knowledge and experience by a health professional student cohort.MethodsThis study used the novel intervention of an escape room combined with an interactive teaching session to test student engagement and learning about interprofessional practice and teamwork. The research used a mixed methods single group pre-post design.ResultsFifty students (78% female) from seventeen universities and seven professions participated in teams of three to six members. Most participants (66%) had not previously completed an escape room. The results showed that the intervention provided effective and engaging learning and was intrinsically appealing to students despite its non-assessable nature. Individual student reflection on their participation showed developing insight into the critical importance of clear communication and intentional team member collaboration in the provision of effective interprofessional practice.ConclusionsThe escape room intervention added value to the placement curriculum and proved flexible for a heterogeneous student cohort.

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