This paper reports on the process and outcomes of a study, designed to pilot the use of interprofessional, simulation-based training in end of life care communication. Participants comprised 50 final year medicine, nursing, physiotherapy and pharmacy students. Learning methods included observation of role play and facilitated, interactive group discussion. A Likert scale rating questionnaire was used to evaluate the impact of the learning experience. Evaluation data revealed that students were supportive of interprofessional learning and could recognise its benefits. The results indicated self-perceived improvements in knowledge, skills, confidence and competence when dealing with challenging end of life care communication situations. Comparison of pre- and post- intervention scores revealed a statistically significant positive change in the students' perceptions about their level of knowledge (Z=-5.887, p=0.000). The reported benefits need to be balanced against design and delivery issues that proved labour and resource intensive. Economic evaluation is worthy of further consideration.
- Communication, end of life care, interprofessional learning, simulation