Clinical confidence following an interprofessional educational program on eating disorders for health care professionals: A qualitative analysis

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Abstract

There are an increasing number of educational programs to improve clinical competence and skills to treat mental disorders. For complex disorders there is also a focus on improving the quality of interprofessional work. This paper reports on interprofessional outputs of an educational program on eating disorders. A total of 207 professionals who completed the program were requested to describe up to 12 possible scenarios depicted as realistic prospects for their future work within this field. Analyzing the scenarios resulted in three categories of describing the participants' preferences: (1) interprofessional interventions and treatment; (2) the further development of competence; and (3) organization of the health care system. The findings showed that the participants were considering working across new lines in their current workplaces or crossing borders to new frontiers in the execution of competence. Our findings may be summarized into the concept of "clinical confidence." This concept has so far been understood as some kind of personal trait, disposition, or attitude. The present findings add nuances to this concept in terms of state-dependent encouragement, engagement, and a potential to act and to cross professional borders in order to better treat complex mental disorders. © 2012 Pettersen et al, publisher and licensee Dove Medical Press Ltd.

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Pettersen, G., Rosenvinge, J. H., Thune-Larsen, K. B., & Wynn, R. (2012). Clinical confidence following an interprofessional educational program on eating disorders for health care professionals: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 5, 201–205. https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S33089

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