Professor Christine Jorm
School of Medicine and Public Health
Christine Jorm is the Director of NSW Regional Health Partners, an NHMRC accredited Centre for Innovation in Regional Health. The Centre’s role is to accelerate the translation of research into practice order to improve regional and rural health. The Centre receives support from its eight partners (HNELHD, CCLHD, MNCLHD, Calvary Mater, UON, UNE, HMRI), the NSW Ministry of Health and the Medical Research Future Fund.
Christine is a safety and quality expert, with experience as a clinician, policy maker, researcher and educator.
As well as specialty medical qualifications, Christine has doctorates in neuropharmacology and sociology: Her PhD thesis explored aspects of medical culture. From it she published a book: ‘Reconstructing Medical Practice - Engagement, Professionalism and Critical Relationships in Health Care’. Based on study of teaching hospital consultants, it examines why doctors are limited in their ability to lead change in the current system. Doctors' self-esteem was found to be delicate due to the uncertain nature of their work; colleagues provide necessary support but both factors limit their ability to admit to error or engage with ‘the system’. It argues that regulation is a clumsy approach to ensuring good care instead, detailed attention to organisational relationships is needed.
Christine worked as an anaesthetist for more than 15 years before her interest in quality assurance led to full-time cross-disciplinary work in patient safety and quality at hospital level and then later as the foundation Senior Medical Advisor for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. After leaving the Commission, Christine worked at Sydney Medical School as Associate Dean (Professionalism) before focusing on interprofessional health education. The interprofessional team she led won a Sydney University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Educational Engagement and Innovation and an Australian Award for University Teaching in 2017.
Christine has been part of several successful research teams and supervised PhD students. She is currently a member of an ARC Discovery Grant team (Manias E lead) DP170100308 'Communicating about medications with older people across transition points of care' and co-supervising two PhD students:
- A/Prof Paul McGurgan UWA: What factors influence judgements about medical students' professional behavior? Commenced 2106
- Dr Nancy Sturman UQ: Peer assessment in the transition from medical student to junior doctor. Commenced 2106
Christine’s past consultancy work includes analyses for the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, development of a number of online units of study and a major report on Clinician Engagement for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. She is a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors, has been a member of several Boards and is currently a member of the UNSW Centre for Big Data Research in Health Advisory Committee and is a long-term member of the Grattan Health Program Advisory Group. Christine co-authored with Stephen Duckett, the three recent Grattan safety and quality reports:
- Strengthening safety statistics: How to make hospital safety data more useful - takes stock of a diverse range of health data (from clinical registries to patient experience measures) using an original actionability frame I have developed.
- All complications should count: Using our data to make hospitals safer - - provides an analysis of national hospital complications and makes a call for more transparency for Australian health data, including that comprehensive comparative outcomes data should be published for both public and private hospitals.
- Safer care saves money: how to improve care and save money at the same time – analyses the costs of harm and proposes funding reforms and a new approach to hospital accreditation.
Christine has published more than 80 opinion pieces, peer reviewed articles, books and book chapters in a diverse range of fields and been cited by others more than 1400 times. Her google scholar profile is here.
- interprofessional education
- organisational change
- quality improvement
Fields of Research
|150310||Organisation and Management Theory||30|
|130209||Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy||30|
|111799||Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified||40|
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Chapter (1 outputs)
White NL, Bray MD, 'The processes of workplace change for nurses in NSW public hospitals', Workplace reform in the health care industry: the Australian experience, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke 131-149 (2005) [B1]
Journal article (63 outputs)
Jorm C, Roberts C, Gordon C, Nisbet G, Roper L, 'Time for university educators to embrace student videography', Cambridge Journal of Education, (2019)
© 2019, © 2019 University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education. The authors provide an interdisciplinary investigation of student videography for assessment in higher education. Vid... [more]
© 2019, © 2019 University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education. The authors provide an interdisciplinary investigation of student videography for assessment in higher education. Video is becoming a dominant communication modality in our world; school students are taught to create and critique it and educators employ it on-line. Yet the opportunity to include appropriate video-based assessments that capture integrated graduate attributes has been largely missed in higher education. The authors reflect on a health professional student case study which illustrates how video enables students to powerfully demonstrate achievement against learning outcomes: they used filmic techniques to display empathy, patient centred collaboration and interprofessional communication. They also reflect on the barriers to video-based assessment raised by academics. Finally, they call upon leaders in higher education to recognise the utility of multi-media approaches to assessment of complex but critical graduate skills such as communication, digital literacy and interdisciplinarity, in addition to demonstrating the application of disciplinary knowledge to relevant and authentic problems.
Jorm C, Hudson R, Wallace E, 'Turning attention to clinician engagement in Victoria', Australian Health Review, 43 123-125 (2019)
© 2019 Journal Compilation AHHA. The engagement of clinicians with employing organisations and with the broader health system results in better safer care for patients. Concerns a... [more]
© 2019 Journal Compilation AHHA. The engagement of clinicians with employing organisations and with the broader health system results in better safer care for patients. Concerns about the adequacy of clinician engagement in the state of Victoria led the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to commission a scoping study. During this investigation more than 100 clinicians were spoken with and 1800 responded to surveys. The result was creation of a clear picture of what engagement and disengagement looked like at all levels-from the clinical microsystem to state health policy making. Multiple interventions are possible to enhance clinician engagement and thus the care of future patients. A framework was developed to guide future Victorian work with four elements: setting the agenda, informing, involving and empowering clinicians. Concepts of work or employee engagement that are used in other industries don't directly translate to healthcare and thus the definition of engagement chosen for use centred on involvement. This was designed to encourage system managers to ensure clinicians are full participants in design, planning and evaluation and in all decisions that affect them and their patients.
Manias E, Bucknall T, Hughes C, Jorm C, Woodward-Kron R, 'Family involvement in managing medications of older patients across transitions of care: A systematic review', BMC Geriatrics, 19 (2019)
© 2019 The Author(s). Background: As older patients' health care needs become more complex, they often experience challenges with managing medications across transitions of c... [more]
© 2019 The Author(s). Background: As older patients' health care needs become more complex, they often experience challenges with managing medications across transitions of care. Families play a major role in older patients' lives. To date, there has been no review of the role of families in older people's medication management at transitions of care. This systematic review aimed to examine family involvement in managing older patients' medications across transitions of care. Methods: Five databases were searched for quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods empirical studies involving families of patients aged 65 years and older: Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature Complete, Medline, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PsycINFO, and EMBASE. All authors participated independently in conducting data selection, extraction and quality assessment using the Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool. A descriptive synthesis and thematic analysis were undertaken of included papers. Results: Twenty-three papers were included, comprising 17 qualitative studies, 5 quantitative studies and one mixed methods study. Families participated in information giving and receiving, decision making, managing medication complexity, and supportive interventions in regard to managing medications for older patients across transitions of care. However, health professionals tended not to acknowledge the medication activities performed by families. While families actively engaged with older patients in strategies to ensure safe medication management, communication about medication plans of care across transitions tended to be haphazard and disorganised, and there was a lack of shared decision making between families and health professionals. In managing medication complexity across transitions of care, family members perceived a lack of tailoring of medication plans for patients' needs, and believed they had to display perseverance to have their views heard by health professionals. Conclusions: Greater efforts are needed by health professionals in strengthening involvement of families in medication management at transitions of care, through designated family meetings, clinical bedside handovers, ward rounds, and admission and discharge consultations. Future work is needed on evaluating targeted strategies relating to family members' contribution to managing medications at transitions of care, with outcomes directed on family understanding of medication changes and their input in preventing and identifying medication-related problems.
Jorm C, Blease J, Haq I, 'Time to establish comprehensive long-term monitoring of Australian medical graduates?', Australian Health Review, 42 635-639 (2018)
© AHHA 2018. We believe that the well being of our medical students (and medical staff throughout the continuum of practice) matters too much not to ask, 'How do they feel?&a... [more]
© AHHA 2018. We believe that the well being of our medical students (and medical staff throughout the continuum of practice) matters too much not to ask, 'How do they feel?' Society, and students themselves, have invested too much in their education not to query 'How well are they performing in the workplace?'. Our accountability to the community demands we ask, 'How are their patients going?' This article presents a schema for building long-term monitoring in Australia, using linked and reliable data, that will enable these questions to be answered. Although the answers will be of interest to many, medical schools will then be well placed to alter their programs and processes based on these three domains of graduate well being, workplace performance and patient outcomes.
Walton M, Harrison R, Smith-Merry J, Kelly P, Manias E, Jorm C, Iedema R, 'Disclosure of adverse events: A data linkage study reporting patient experiences among Australian adults aged =45 years', Australian Health Review, (2018)
© 2018 AHHA. Objective: Since Australia initiated national open disclosure standards in 2002, open disclosure policies have been adopted in all Australian states and territories. ... [more]
© 2018 AHHA. Objective: Since Australia initiated national open disclosure standards in 2002, open disclosure policies have been adopted in all Australian states and territories. Yet, research evidence regarding their adoption is limited. The aim of the present study was to determine the frequency with which patients who report an adverse event had information disclosed to them about the incident, including whether they participated in a formal open disclosure process, their experiences of the process and the extent to which these align with the current New South Wales (NSW) policy. Methods: A cross-sectional survey about patient experiences of disclosure associated with an adverse event was administered to a random sample of 20 000 participants in the 45 and Up Study who were hospitalised in NSW, Australia, between January and June 2014. Results: Of the 18 993 eligible potential participants, completed surveys were obtained from 7661 (40% response rate), with 474 (7%) patients reporting an adverse event. Of those who reported an adverse event, a significant majority reported an informal or bedside disclosure (91%; 430/474). Only 79 patients (17%) participated in a formal open disclosure meeting. Most informal disclosures were provided by nurses, with only 25% provided by medical practitioners. Conclusions: Experiences of open disclosure may be enhanced by informing patients of their right to full disclosure in advance of or upon admission to hospital, and recognition of and support for informal or bedside disclosure for appropriate types of incidents. A review of the open disclosure guidelines in relation to the types of adverse events that require formal open disclosure and those more suitable to informal bedside disclosure is indicated. Guidelines for bedside disclosure should be drafted to assist medical practitioners and other health professionals facilitate and improve their communications about adverse events. Alignment of formal disclosure with policy requirements may also be enhanced by training multidisciplinary teams in the process. What is known about the topic?: While open disclosure is required in all cases of serious adverse events, patients' experiences are variable, and lack of, or poor quality disclosures are all too common. What does this paper add?: This paper presents experiences reported by patients across New South Wales in a large cross-sectional survey. Unlike previous studies of open disclosure, recently hospitalised patients were identified and invited using data linkage with medical records. Findings suggest that most patients receive informal disclosures rather than a process that aligns with the current policy guidance. What are the implications for practitioners?: Experiences of open disclosure may be enhanced by informing patients of their right to full disclosure in advance of or upon admission to hospital, and recognition of and support for informal or bedside disclosure for appropriate types of incidents.
Iedema R, Jorm C, Hooker C, Hor SY, Wyer M, Gilbert GL, 'To follow a rule? On frontline clinicians¿ understandings and embodiments of hospital-acquired infection prevention and control rules', Health (United Kingdom), (2018)
© 2018, The Author(s) 2018. This article reports on a study of clinicians¿ responses to footage of their enactments of infection prevention and control. The study¿s approach was t... [more]
© 2018, The Author(s) 2018. This article reports on a study of clinicians¿ responses to footage of their enactments of infection prevention and control. The study¿s approach was to elicit clinicians¿ reflections on and clarifications about the connections among infection control activities and infection control rules, taking into account their awareness, interpretation and in situ application of those rules. The findings of the study are that clinicians responded to footage of their own infection prevention and control practices by articulating previously unheeded tensions and constraints including infection control rules that were incomplete, undergoing change, and conflicting; material obstructions limiting infection control efforts; and habituated and divergent rule enactments and rule interpretations that were problematic but disregarded. The reflexive process is shown to elicit clinicians¿ learning about these complexities as they affect the accomplishment of effective infection control. The process is further shown to strengthen clinicians¿ appreciation of infection control as necessitating deliberation to decide what are locally appropriate standards, interpretations, assumptions, habituations and enactments of infection control. The article concludes that clinicians¿ ¿practical wisdom¿ is unlikely to reach its full potential without video-assisted scrutiny of and deliberation about in situ clinical work. This enables clinicians to anchor their in situ enactments, reasonings and interpretations to local agreements about the intent, applicability, limits and practical enactment of rules.
Roper L, Jorm C, 'Preparing medical students for the e-patient: Is a theoretical grounding required?', Medical Teacher, 39 1101 (2017)
Roberts C, Jorm C, Gentilcore S, Crossley J, 'Peer assessment of professional behaviours in problem-based learning groups', Medical Education, 51 390-400 (2017)
© 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and The Association for the Study of Medical Education Context: Peer assessment of professional behaviour within problem-based learning (PBL) gr... [more]
© 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and The Association for the Study of Medical Education Context: Peer assessment of professional behaviour within problem-based learning (PBL) groups can support learning and provide opportunities to identify and remediate problem behaviours. Objectives: We investigated whether a peer assessment of learning behaviours in PBL is sufficiently valid to support decision making about student professional behaviours. Methods: Data were available for two cohorts of students, in which each student was rated by all of their PBL group peers using a modified version of a previously validated scale. Following the provision of feedback to the students, their behaviours were again peer-assessed. A generalisability study was undertaken to calculate the students¿ professional behaviour scores, sources of error that impacted the reliability of the assessment, changes in student rating behaviour, and changes in mean scores after the delivery of feedback. Results: Peer assessment of professional learning behaviour was highly reliable for within-group comparisons (G = 0.81¿0.87), but poor for across-group comparisons (G = 0.47¿0.53). Feedback increased the range of ratings given by assessors and brought their mean ratings into closer alignment. More of the increased variance was attributable to assessee performance than to assessor stringency and hence there was a slight improvement in reliability, especially for comparisons across groups. Mean professional behaviour scores were unchanged. Conclusions: Peer assessment of professional learning behaviours may be unreliable for decision making outside a PBL group. Faculty members should not draw conclusions from peer assessment about a student's behaviour compared with that of their peers in the cohort, and such a tool may not be appropriate for summative assessment. Health professional educators interested in assessing student professional behaviours in PBL groups might focus on opportunities for the provision of formative peer feedback and its impact on learning.
Walton MM, Harrison R, Kelly P, Smith-Merry J, Manias E, Jorm C, Iedema R, 'Patients' reports of adverse events: A data linkage study of Australian adults aged 45 years and over', BMJ Quality and Safety, 26 743-750 (2017)
© Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights... [more]
© Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/. Background Understanding a patient's hospital experience is fundamental to improving health services and policy, yet, little is known about their experiences of adverse events (AEs). This study redresses this deficit by investigating the experiences of patients in New South Wales hospitals who suffered an AE. Methods Data linkage was used to identify a random sample of 20000 participants in the 45 and Up Cohort Study, out of 267153 adults aged 45years and over, who had been hospitalised in the prior 6months. A cross-sectional survey was administered to these patients to capture their experiences, including whether they had an AE and received honest communication about it. Results Of the 18993 eligible participants, 7661 completed surveys were received (40% response rate) and 474 (7%) reported having an AE. Most AEs related to clinical processes and procedures (33%), or medications and intravenous fluids (21%). Country of birth and admission through emergency were significant predictors of the occurrence of an event. An earlier admission in the prior 6months or a transfer to another healthcare facility was also associated with more AEs. Of those who suffered an AE, 58% reported serious or moderate effects. Conclusions Given the exclusions in our sample population (under 45years), the AE rate reported by patients of 7% is similar to the approximately 10% rate reported in the general population by retrospective medical record reviews. AE data that include patient experience may provide contextual information currently missing. Capturing and using patient experience data more effectively is critical; there may be opportunities for applying co-design methodology to improve the management of AEs and be more responsive to patients' concerns.
Hor SY, Hooker C, Iedema R, Wyer M, Gilbert GL, Jorm C, O'Sullivan MVN, 'Beyond hand hygiene: A qualitative study of the everyday work of preventing cross-contamination on Hospital wards', BMJ Quality and Safety, 26 552-558 (2017)
© 2017 BMJ Publishing Group. All rights reserved. Background: Hospital-acquired infections are the most common adverse event for inpatients worldwide. Efforts to prevent microbial... [more]
© 2017 BMJ Publishing Group. All rights reserved. Background: Hospital-acquired infections are the most common adverse event for inpatients worldwide. Efforts to prevent microbial crosscontamination currently focus on hand hygiene and use of personal protective equipment (PPE), with variable success. Better understanding is needed of infection prevention and control (IPC) in routine clinical practice. Methods: We report on an interventionist videoreflexive ethnography study that explored how healthcare workers performed IPC in three wards in two hospitals in New South Wales, Australia: an intensive care unit and two general surgical wards. We conducted 46 semistructured interviews, 24 weeks of fieldwork (observation and videoing) and 22 reflexive sessions with a total of 177 participants (medical, nursing, allied health, clerical and cleaning staff, and medical and nursing students). We performed a postintervention analysis, using a modified grounded theory approach, to account for the range of IPC practices identified by participants. Results: We found that healthcare workers' routine IPC work goes beyond hand hygiene and PPE. It also involves, for instance, the distribution of team members during rounds, the choreography of performing aseptic procedures and moving 'from clean to dirty' when examining patients. We account for these practices as the logistical work of moving bodies and objects across boundaries, especially from contaminated to clean/vulnerable spaces, while restricting the movement of micro-organisms through cleaning, applying barriers and buffers, and trajectory planning. Conclusions: Attention to the logistics of moving people and objects around healthcare spaces, especially into vulnerable areas, allows for a more comprehensive approach to IPC through better contextualisation of hand hygiene and PPE protocols, better identification of transmission risks, and the design and promotion of a wider range of preventive strategies and solutions.
Roper L, Jorm C, 'Please leave your phone outside: Policymakers and medical app providers are encouraging patient participation, but doctors in the consult room are not', BMJ Innovations, 3 65-70 (2017)
Nisbet G, Jorm C, Roberts C, Gordon CJ, Chen TF, 'Content validation of an interprofessional learning video peer assessment tool', BMC Medical Education, 17 (2017)
© 2017 The Author(s). Background: Large scale models of interprofessional learning (IPL) where outcomes are assessed are rare within health professional curricula. To date, there ... [more]
© 2017 The Author(s). Background: Large scale models of interprofessional learning (IPL) where outcomes are assessed are rare within health professional curricula. To date, there is sparse research describing robust assessment strategies to support such activities. We describe the development of an IPL assessment task based on peer rating of a student generated video evidencing collaborative interprofessional practice. We provide content validation evidence of an assessment rubric in the context of large scale IPL. Methods: Two established approaches to scale development in an educational setting were combined. A literature review was undertaken to develop a conceptual model of the relevant domains and issues pertaining to assessment of student generated videos within IPL. Starting with a prototype rubric developed from the literature, a series of staff and student workshops were undertaken to integrate expert opinion and user perspectives. Participants assessed five-minute videos produced in a prior pilot IPL activity. Outcomes from each workshop informed the next version of the rubric until agreement was reached on anchoring statements and criteria. At this point the rubric was declared fit to be used in the upcoming mandatory large scale IPL activity. Results: The assessment rubric consisted of four domains: patient issues, interprofessional negotiation; interprofessional management plan in action; and effective use of video medium to engage audience. The first three domains reflected topic content relevant to the underlying construct of interprofessional collaborative practice. The fourth domain was consistent with the broader video assessment literature calling for greater emphasis on creativity in education. Conclusions: We have provided evidence for the content validity of a video-based peer assessment task portraying interprofessional collaborative practice in the context of large-scale IPL activities for healthcare professional students. Further research is needed to establish the reliability of such a scale.
Wyer M, Iedema R, Hor SY, Jorm C, Hooker C, Gilbert GL, 'Patient involvement can affect clinicians¿ perspectives and practices of infection prevention and control: A ¿post-qualitative¿ study using video-reflexive ethnography', International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 16 (2017)
© The Author(s) 2017. This study, set in a mixed, adult surgical ward of a metropolitan teaching hospital in Sydney, Australia, used a novel application of video-reflexive ethnogr... [more]
© The Author(s) 2017. This study, set in a mixed, adult surgical ward of a metropolitan teaching hospital in Sydney, Australia, used a novel application of video-reflexive ethnography (VRE) to engage patients and clinicians in an exploration of the practical and relational complexities of patient involvement in infection prevention and control (IPC). This study included individual reflexive sessions with eight patients and six group reflexive sessions with 35 nurses. VRE usually involves participants reflecting on video footage of their own (and colleagues¿) practices in group reflexive sessions. We extended the method here by presenting, to nurses, video clips of their clinical interactions with patients, in conjunction with footage of the patients themselves analyzing the videos of their own care, for infection risks.We found that this novel approach affected the nurses¿ capacities to recognize, support, and enable patient involvement in IPC and to reflect on their own, sometimes inconsistent, IPC practices from patients¿ perspectives. As a ¿post-qualitative¿ approach, VRE prioritizes participants¿ roles, contributions, and learning. Invoking affect as an explanatory lens, we theorize that a ¿safe space¿ was created for participants in our study to reflect on and reshape their assumptions, positionings, and practices.
Roper L, Foster K, Garlan K, Jorm C, 'The challenge of authenticity for medical students', Clinical Teacher, 13 130-133 (2016)
© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Background: The development of a professional identity occurs during medical school. Formal study of students' reflections on this process... [more]
© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Background: The development of a professional identity occurs during medical school. Formal study of students' reflections on this process may provide insight into how to better support them. Methods: A qualitative data analysis of 56 student essays was undertaken. Results: Students' early interactions with patients seem to be influential in their process of identity development. Students were preoccupied with creating or preserving a professional persona in front of patients. They responded to this perceived challenge in three ways: some were concerned with controlling the experience and expression of emotion, others felt that they failed to be authentic, and the third group focused on the patient's experience of the interaction and agonised over what the patients might want. Discussion: This article adds to the literature by highlighting the struggles medical students encounter trying to behave and feel the way they think they ought. Students may be less troubled and participate more naturally in empathic communication if they learn to access authentic emotions in their interactions with patients. This article discusses strategies for medical faculties and clinical tutors to support and encourage them to do so.
Jorm C, Roberts C, Lim R, Roper J, Skinner C, Robertson J, et al., 'A large-scale mass casualty simulation to develop the non-technical skills medical students require for collaborative teamwork', BMC Medical Education, 16 (2016)
© 2016 Jorm et al. Background: There is little research on large-scale complex health care simulations designed to facilitate student learning of non-technical skills in a team-wo... [more]
© 2016 Jorm et al. Background: There is little research on large-scale complex health care simulations designed to facilitate student learning of non-technical skills in a team-working environment. We evaluated the acceptability and effectiveness of a novel natural disaster simulation that enabled medical students to demonstrate their achievement of the non-technical skills of collaboration, negotiation and communication. Methods: In a mixed methods approach, survey data were available from 117 students and a thematic analysis undertaken of both student qualitative comments and tutor observer participation data. Results: Ninety three per cent of students found the activity engaging for their learning. Three themes emerged from the qualitative data: the impact of fidelity on student learning, reflexivity on the importance of non-technical skills in clinical care, and opportunities for collaborative teamwork. Physical fidelity was sufficient for good levels of student engagement, as was sociological fidelity. We demonstrated the effectiveness of the simulation in allowing students to reflect upon and evidence their acquisition of skills in collaboration, negotiation and communication, as well as situational awareness and attending to their emotions. Students readily identified emerging learning opportunities though critical reflection. The scenarios challenged students to work together collaboratively to solve clinical problems, using a range of resources including interacting with clinical experts. Conclusions: A large class teaching activity, framed as a simulation of a natural disaster is an acceptable and effective activity for medical students to develop the non-technical skills of collaboration, negotiation and communication, which are essential to team working. The design could be of value in medical schools in disaster prone areas, including within low resource countries, and as a feasible intervention for learning the non-technical skills that are needed for patient safety.
Gordon CJ, Jorm C, Shulruf B, Weller J, Currie J, Lim R, Osomanski A, 'Development of a self-assessment teamwork tool for use by medical and nursing students', BMC Medical Education, 16 (2016)
© 2016 The Author(s). Background: Teamwork training is an essential component of health professional student education. A valid and reliable teamwork self-assessment tool could as... [more]
© 2016 The Author(s). Background: Teamwork training is an essential component of health professional student education. A valid and reliable teamwork self-assessment tool could assist students to identify desirable teamwork behaviours with the potential to promote learning about effective teamwork. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate a self-assessment teamwork tool for health professional students for use in the context of emergency response to a mass casualty. Methods: The authors modified a previously published teamwork instrument designed for experienced critical care teams for use with medical and nursing students involved in mass casualty simulations. The 17-item questionnaire was administered to students immediately following the simulations. These scores were used to explore the psychometric properties of the tool, using Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis. Results: 202 (128 medical and 74 nursing) students completed the self-assessment teamwork tool for students. Exploratory factor analysis revealed 2 factors (5 items - Teamwork coordination and communication; 4 items - Information sharing and support) and these were justified with confirmatory factor analysis. Internal consistency was 0.823 for Teamwork coordination and communication, and 0.812 for Information sharing and support. Conclusions: These data provide evidence to support the validity and reliability of the self-assessment teamwork tool for students This self-assessment tool could be of value to health professional students following team training activities to help them identify the attributes of effective teamwork.
Jorm C, Nisbet G, Roberts C, Gordon C, Gentilcore S, Chen TF, 'Using complexity theory to develop a student-directed interprofessional learning activity for 1220 healthcare students', BMC Medical Education, 16 (2016)
© 2016 The Author(s). Background: More and better interprofessional practice is predicated to be necessary to deliver good care to the patients of the future. However, universitie... [more]
© 2016 The Author(s). Background: More and better interprofessional practice is predicated to be necessary to deliver good care to the patients of the future. However, universities struggle to create authentic learning activities that enable students to experience the dynamic interprofessional interactions common in healthcare and that can accommodate large interprofessional student cohorts. We investigated a large-scale mandatory interprofessional learning (IPL) activity for health professional students designed to promote social learning. Methods: A mixed methods research approach determined feasibility, acceptability and the extent to which student IPL outcomes were met. We developed an IPL activity founded in complexity theory to prepare students for future practice by engaging them in a self-directed (self-organised) learning activity with a diverse team, whose assessable products would be emergent creations. Complicated but authentic clinical cases (n = 12) were developed to challenge student teams (n = 5 or 6). Assessment consisted of a written management plan (academically marked) and a five-minute video (peer marked) designed to assess creative collaboration as well as provide evidence of integrated collective knowledge; the cohesive patient-centred management plan. Results: All students (including the disciplines of diagnostic radiology, exercise physiology, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy and speech pathology), completed all tasks successfully. Of the 26 % of students who completed the evaluation survey, 70 % agreed or strongly agreed that the IPL activity was worthwhile, and 87 % agreed or strongly agreed that their case study was relevant. Thematic analysis found overarching themes of engagement and collaboration-in-action suggesting that the IPL activity enabled students to achieve the intended learning objectives. Students recognised the contribution of others and described negotiation, collaboration and creation of new collective knowledge after working together on the complicated patient case studies. The novel video assessment was challenging to many students and contextual issues limited engagement for some disciplines. Conclusions: We demonstrated the feasibility and acceptability of a large scale IPL activity where design of cases, format and assessment tasks was founded in complexity theory. This theoretically based design enabled students to achieve complex IPL outcomes relevant to future practice. Future research could establish the psychometric properties of assessments of student performance in large-scale IPL events.
Jorm C, Parker M, 'Medical leadership is the New Black: Or is it?', Australian Health Review, 39 217-219 (2015)
© AHHA 2015. Considerable resources are being invested in healthcare leadership development programs and there is a new requirement for leadership teaching for Australian medical ... [more]
© AHHA 2015. Considerable resources are being invested in healthcare leadership development programs and there is a new requirement for leadership teaching for Australian medical students. The new attention to medical leadership may be a reaction to loss of medical status and power. There is little evidence for return on investment from such programs. It is simply not clear what kind of leadership training is needed for collaborative work to improve healthcare nor what kind of organisational structures enable productive exercise of medical leadership skills. Caution is recommended.
Wyer M, Jackson D, Iedema R, Hor SY, Gilbert GL, Jorm C, et al., 'Involving patients in understanding hospital infection control using visual methods', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24 1718-1729 (2015)
© 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Aims and Objectives: This paper explores patients' perspectives on infection prevention and control. Background: Healthcare-associated inf... [more]
© 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Aims and Objectives: This paper explores patients' perspectives on infection prevention and control. Background: Healthcare-associated infections are the most frequent adverse event experienced by patients. Reduction strategies have predominantly addressed front-line clinicians' practices; patients' roles have been less explored. Design: Video-reflexive ethnography. Methods: Fieldwork undertaken at a large metropolitan hospital in Australia involved 300 hours of ethnographic observations, including 11 hours of video footage. This paper focuses on eight occasions, where video footage was shown back to patients in one-on-one reflexive sessions. Findings: Viewing and discussing video footage of clinical care enabled patients to become articulate about infection risks, and to identify their own roles in reducing transmission. Barriers to detailed understandings of preventative practices and their roles included lack of conversation between patients and clinicians about infection prevention and control, and being ignored or contradicted when challenging perceived suboptimal practice. It became evident that to compensate for clinicians' lack of engagement around infection control, participants had developed a range of strategies, of variable effectiveness, to protect themselves and others. Finally, the reflexive process engendered closer scrutiny and a more critical attitude to infection control that increased patients' sense of agency. Conclusion: This study found that patients actively contribute to their own safety. Their success, however, depends on the quality of patient-provider relationships and conversations. Rather than treating patients as passive recipients of infection control practices, clinicians can support and engage with patients' contributions towards achieving safer care. Relevance to clinical practice: This study suggests that if clinicians seek to reduce infection rates, they must start to consider patients as active contributors to infection control. Clinicians can engage patients in conversations about practices and pay attention to patient feedback about infection risk. This will broaden clinicians' understandings of infection control risks and behaviours, and assist them to support appropriate patient self-care behaviour.
Iedema R, Hor SY, Wyer M, Gilbert GL, Jorm C, Hooker C, O¿Sullivan MVN, 'An innovative approach to strengthening health professionals¿ infection control and limiting hospital-acquired infection: Video-reflexive ethnography', BMJ Innovations, 1 157-162 (2015)
© 2015, BMJ Publishing Group. All rights reserved. Objective To strengthen clinicians¿ infection control awareness and risk realisation by engaging them in scrutinising footage of... [more]
© 2015, BMJ Publishing Group. All rights reserved. Objective To strengthen clinicians¿ infection control awareness and risk realisation by engaging them in scrutinising footage of their own infection control practices and enabling them to articulate challenges and design improvements. Design and participants Clinicians and patients from selected wards of 2 hospitals in western Sydney. Main outcome measures Evidence of risk realisation and new insights into infection control as articulated during video-reflexive feedback meetings. Results Frontline clinicians identified previously unrecognised infection risks in their own practices and in their team¿s practices. They also formulated safer ways of dealing with, for example, charts and patient transfers. Conclusions Video-reflexive ethnography enables frontline clinicians to identify infection risks and to design locally tailored solutions for existing risks and emerging ones.
Khoiriyah U, Roberts C, Jorm C, Van Der Vleuten CPM, 'Enhancing students' learning in problem based learning: Validation of a self-assessment scale for active learning and critical thinking', BMC Medical Education, 15 (2015)
© 2015 Khoiriyah et al. Background: Problem based learning (PBL) is a powerful learning activity but fidelity to intended models may slip and student engagement wane, negatively i... [more]
© 2015 Khoiriyah et al. Background: Problem based learning (PBL) is a powerful learning activity but fidelity to intended models may slip and student engagement wane, negatively impacting learning processes, and outcomes. One potential solution to solve this degradation is by encouraging self-assessment in the PBL tutorial. Self-assessment is a central component of the self-regulation of student learning behaviours. There are few measures to investigate self-assessment relevant to PBL processes. We developed a Self-assessment Scale on Active Learning and Critical Thinking (SSACT) to address this gap. We wished to demonstrated evidence of its validity in the context of PBL by exploring its internal structure. Methods: We used a mixed methods approach to scale development. We developed scale items from a qualitative investigation, literature review, and consideration of previous existing tools used for study of the PBL process. Expert review panels evaluated its content; a process of validation subsequently reduced the pool of items. We used structural equation modelling to undertake a confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) of the SSACT and coefficient alpha. Results: The 14 item SSACT consisted of two domains "active learning" and "critical thinking." The factorial validity of SSACT was evidenced by all items loading significantly on their expected factors, a good model fit for the data, and good stability across two independent samples. Each subscale had good internal reliability (>0.8) and strongly correlated with each other. Conclusions: The SSACT has sufficient evidence of its validity to support its use in the PBL process to encourage students to self-assess. The implementation of the SSACT may assist students to improve the quality of their learning in achieving PBL goals such as critical thinking and self-directed learning.
Westbrook MT, Braithwaite J, Travaglia JF, Long D, Jorm C, Iedema RA, 'Promoting safety: Longer-term responses of three health professional groups to a safety improvement programme', International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 20 555-571 (2007)
Patient safety has been addressed since 2002 in the health system of New South Wales, Australia via a Safety Improvement Programme (SIP), which took a system-wide approach. The pr... [more]
Patient safety has been addressed since 2002 in the health system of New South Wales, Australia via a Safety Improvement Programme (SIP), which took a system-wide approach. The programme involved two-day courses to educate healthcare professionals to monitor and report incidents and analyse adverse events by conducting root cause analysis (RCA). This paper aims to predict that all professions would favour SIP but that their work and educational histories would result in doctors holding the least and nurses the most positive attitudes. Alternative hypotheses were that doctors' relative power and other professions' team-working skills would advantage the respective groups when conducting RCAs. Responses to a 2005 follow-up questionnaire survey of doctors (n=53), nurses (209) and allied health staff (59), who had participated in SIP courses, were analysed to compare: their attitudes toward the course; safety skills acquired and applied; perceived benefits of SIP and RCAs; and their experiences conducting RCAs. Significant differences existed between professions' responses with nurses being the most and doctors the least affirming. Allied health responses resembled those of nurses more than those of doctors. The professions' experiences conducting RCAs (number conducted, leadership, barriers encountered, findings implemented) were similar. Observational studies are needed to determine possible professional differences in the conduct of RCAs and any ensuing culture change that this may be eliciting. There is strong professional support for SIPs but less endorsement from doctors, who tend not to prefer the knowledge content and multidisciplinary teaching environment considered optimal for safety improvement education. This is a dilemma that needs to be addressed. Few longer-term SIPs' assessments have been realised and the differences between professional groups have not been well quantified. As a result of this paper, benefits of and barriers to conducting RCAs are now more clearly understood. © 2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Braithwaite J, Westbrook MT, Travaglia JF, Iedema R, Mallock NA, Long D, et al., 'Are health systems changing in support of patient safety?: A multi-methods evaluation of education, attitudes and practice', International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 20 585-601 (2007)
Purpose - The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of a health system-wide safety improvement program (SIP) three to four years after initial implementation. Design/me... [more]
Purpose - The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of a health system-wide safety improvement program (SIP) three to four years after initial implementation. Design/methodology/approach - The study employs multi-methods studies involving questionnaire surveys, focus groups, in-depth interviews, observational work, ethnographic studies, documentary analysis and literature reviews with regard to the state of New South Wales, Australia, where 90,000 health professionals, under the auspices of the Health Department, provide healthcare to a seven-million population. After enrolling many participants from various groups, the measurements included: numbers of staff trained and training quality; support for SIP; clinicians' reports of safety skills acquired, work practices changed and barriers to progress; RCAs undertaken; observation of functioning of teams; committees initiated and staff appointed to deal with adverse events; documentation and computer records of reports; and peak-level responses to adverse events. Findings - A cohort of 4 per cent of the state's health professionals has been trained and now applies safety skills and conducts RCAs. These and other senior professionals strongly support SIP, though many think further culture change is required if its benefits are to be more fully achieved and sustained. Improved information-handling systems have been adopted. Systems for reporting adverse incidents and conducting RCAs have been instituted, which are co-ordinated by NSW Health. When the appropriate structures, educational activities and systems are made available in the form of an SIP, measurable systems change might be introduced, as suggested by observations of the attitudes and behaviours of health practitioners and the increased reporting of, and action about, adverse events. Originality/value - Few studies into health systems change employ wide-ranging research methods and metrics. This study helps to fill this gap. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Iedema RAM, Jorm C, Long D, Braithwaite J, Travaglia J, Westbrook M, 'Turning the medical gaze in upon itself: Root cause analysis and the investigation of clinical error', Social Science and Medicine, 62 1605-1615 (2006)
In this paper, we discuss how a technique borrowed from defense and manufacturing is being deployed in hospitals across the industrialized world to investigate clinical errors. We... [more]
In this paper, we discuss how a technique borrowed from defense and manufacturing is being deployed in hospitals across the industrialized world to investigate clinical errors. We open with a discussion of the levers used by policy makers to mandate that clinicians not just report errors, but also gather to investigate those errors using root cause analysis (RCA). We focus on the tensions created for clinicians as they are expected to formulate 'systems solutions' that go beyond blame. In addressing these matters, we present a discourse analysis of data derived during an evaluation of the NSW Health Safety Improvement Program. Data include transcripts of RCA meetings which were recorded in a local metropolitan teaching hospital. From this analysis we move back to the argument that RCA involves clinicians in 'immaterial labour', or the production of communication and information, and that this new labour realizes two important developments. First, because RCA is anchored in the principle of health care practitioners not just scrutinizing each other, but scrutinizing each others' errors, RCA is a challenging task. Second, thanks to turning the clinical gaze in on the clinical observer, RCA engenders a new level of reflexivity of clinical self and of clinical practice. We conclude with asking whether this reflexivity will lock the clinical gaze into a micro-sociology of error, or whether it will enable this gaze to influence matters superordinate to the specifics of practice and the design of clinical treatments; that is, the over-arching governance and structuring of hospital care. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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Conference (5 outputs)
STAMFORD JA, JORM CM, 'ISOFLURANE DECREASES NORADRENALINE RELEASE IN THE RAT LOCUS-COERULEUS BY A MECHANISM NOT INVOLVING AUTORECEPTORS', BRITISH JOURNAL OF ANAESTHESIA (1994)
JORM CM, STAMFORD JA, 'ACTIONS OF ALPHA2-ADRENOCEPTOR AGONISTS ON NORADRENALINE RELEASE IN THE RAT LOCUS-CERULEUS', BRITISH JOURNAL OF ANAESTHESIA (1993)
PALIJ P, JORM CM, STAMFORD JA, 'CHARACTERIZATION OF MONOAMINE EFFLUX IN RAT LOCUS-CERULEUS SLICES USING FAST CYCLIC VOLTAMMETRY', BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHARMACOLOGY (1993)
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Report (1 outputs)
Searles A, Gleeson M, Reeves P, Jorm C, Leeder S, Karnon J, et al., 'The Local Level Evaluation of Healthcare in Australia: Health Systems Improvement and Sustainability (HSIS) National Initiative', Australian Health Research Alliance (2019)
Grants and Funding
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20191 grants / $2,000,000
Rapid Applied Research Translation$2,000,000
Funding body: Department of Health
|Funding body||Department of Health|
|Project Team||Professor Christine Jorm|
|Scheme||MRFF Medical Research Future Fund|
|Type Of Funding||C1300 - Aust Competitive - Medical Research Future Fund|