A Scottish and Japanese experience of patient-centred diabetic care: descriptive study of interprofessional education on live webinar

Patrick Walker, Mina Suematsu, Sundari Joseph, Keiko Abe, Hiroki Yasui, Kentaro Okazaki, Jenni Haxton, Morag McFadyen, Lesley Diak

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To minimise the global burden of diabetes, the awareness of appropriate intervention methods for diabetes education and practice is essential. This project is the first international interprofessional education (IIPE) for the awareness of diabetes, with a focus on patient-centred care wherein three medical and four pharmacy students from Japan and one medical, two pharmacy, two nutrition and one occupational therapy (OT) student from Scotland participated. We described IIPE effects using interdisciplinary education perception scale (IEPS) before and after the programme among Scottish and Japanese students. University of Aberdeen/ Robert Gordon University and Nagoya University developed and established a shared online platform that provided knowledge to students on diabetes in both languages. We developed a case-based scenario that reflected diabetes care in each country using a standardised patient (SP). Lastly, a student-led live webinar was conducted on 14 November 2014 (the World Diabetes Day) to discuss and exchange care methods for SP. Each participating national team presented their care plan and all students discussed the diabetic care plan online. Both Japanese and Scottish teams were able to accurately assess the patient’s condition and empathise with the SP. In conclusion, all participants learned that interprofessional collaboration was clearly required for diabetes management focused on patient-centred care. All participants appreciated the differences in the approach of the two countries involved because of the cultural- and health related differences. This programme was significant in raising awareness regarding the need for international interprofessional intervention on diabetes towards developing a model for live webinar IIPE.
Original languageEnglish
Article number80
Pages (from-to)465-473
Number of pages9
JournalNagoya Journal of Medical Science
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2018


  • patient-centred care
  • interprofessional education (IPE)
  • international interprofessional education (IIPE)
  • world diabetes day
  • live webinar IPE


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