The neuron model: An educational tool for evidence-based practice and interprofessional care

Authors

  • Dixon Thomas Gulf Medical University, Ajman, United Arab Emirates https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1963-253X
  • Mark Maas VCU Health System, Richmond, United States https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8906-0496
  • Theres Babu Gulf Medical University, Ajman, United Arab Emirates
  • Jason Cooper Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, United States

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.424427

Keywords:

Clinical decision, Evidence-based practice, Information, Interprofessional care, Neuron model

Abstract

Objective: The objective of the study was to assess the usefulness of the neuron model in educating how evidence-based drug information and interprofessional care interface.   

Methods: The Neuron model of evidence-based practice and interprofessional care was introduced in an online session to a group of healthcare professionals at a United Arab Emirates (UAE) tertiary-level care hospital in March 2021. A Google Form survey was used to assess the usefulness of the neuron model.   

Results: Among those who responded to the form, 90% of healthcare professionals said that the neuron model was useful. This agreement improved significantly (Wilcoxon Signed-Rank test p-value > 0.05), and persisted even after six months.   

Conclusion: The healthcare professionals agreed that the neuron model was beneficial in visualising how evidence-based practice and interprofessional care interface with each other, integrate into the academic health system, and help identify areas of improvement for healthcare professionals.

Author Biographies

Dixon Thomas, Gulf Medical University, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

College of Pharmacy

Mark Maas, VCU Health System, Richmond, United States

Department of Pharmacy Services

Theres Babu, Gulf Medical University, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

College of Pharmacy

Jason Cooper, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, United States

College of Pharmacy

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2022-05-28

How to Cite

Thomas, D., Maas, M., Babu, T., & Cooper, J. (2022). The neuron model: An educational tool for evidence-based practice and interprofessional care . Pharmacy Education, 22(1), p. 424–427. https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.424427

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