Testing of PACK by the University of Stellenbosch undergraduate medical students
The opportunity to integrate PACK into the undergraduate medical curriculum provides opportunities for research. Firstly, the Knowledge Translation Unit will be undertaking formative work to determine how best to integrate the programme with existing clinical mentorship (by Family Physicians) for students during their Primary Care rotations in their final year of study. This evaluation will focus in particular on how evidence summaries are used and the extent to which interprofessional collaboration is modelled, either positively or negatively, in primary care settings where task-sharing is increasingly used. Secondly, the KTU will be undertaking a quasi-experimental evaluation of how the intervention impacts students’ performance in their exams and attitudes towards interprofessional collaboration. Outcomes for students who complete their primary care rotation during the first semester of 2014 will be compared with those who do so in the second semester, when the intervention will be added to their curriculum.