Optometry student clinical practice at public health facilities: A systematic review

Health SA Gesondheid

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Title Optometry student clinical practice at public health facilities: A systematic review
Creator Segooa, Raserogole F. Moodley, Vanessa R.
Subject Health Sciences; Clinical Education clinical supervision; optometry; student clinical practice standards; student clinical training; student clinical training facilities
Description Background: Clinical training, supervision and practice are the most important aspects of health profession education, including optometry. Institutions implore various methods for students to gain access, exposure and experience in different clinical environments, away from their normal academic settings.Aim: This review aimed to investigate studies and related documentary evidence to determine existing standards and methods for educational institutions in conducting optometry clinical training at the external sites.Setting: The electronic databases – ProQuest One, Scopus, EBSCOhost, Sabinet, Science Direct and Google Scholar – were searched systematically for studies on the implementation of workplace clinical training of undergraduate optometry students.Methods: The study followed the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) systematic review methodology and a systematic search of various electronic databases was conducted for studies on implementation of workplace clinical training. Of the 450 full-text studies searched, 13 studies were found to be reputable sources of evidence and were included in this systematic review.Results: Four themes relating to student clinical training emerged, namely, clinical training approaches implemented, expected minimum standards at the training sites, clinical training environment wherein students and supervisors find themselves and clinical competence of the supervisors and students. They encompass important factors to consider in the planning and provision of quality, efficient and effective student clinical supervision at the external training facilities.Conclusion: There is a dearth of scholarly studies to guide clinical training of optometry training within the public health sector. However, more studies are undertaken in other health disciplines, and they provide generic guidelines, which can be adapted for optometry.Contribution: The article highlights the need for further studies in optometry student clinical training, focussing on programme designs and standardisation of clinical training in multi-institutional, low-income contexts.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2024-03-22
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Systematic review
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hsag.v29i0.2441
Source Health SA Gesondheid; Vol 29 (2024); 15 pages 2071-9736 1025-9848
Language eng
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Coverage International 2017-2022 clinical training; undergraduate students; external training sites
Rights Copyright (c) 2024 Raserogole F. Segooa, Vanessa R. Moodley https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0