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Keywords

collaboration, competence, education, global health, international health volunteer, nursing, short-term missions

 

Authors

  1. Carey, Rebekah E.
  2. Carter-Templeton, Heather
  3. Paltzer, Jason

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Scant literature exists to describe the global health and collaboration competence of international healthcare professional volunteers. An educational program to prepare volunteers for short-term service in resource-poor settings was developed. Pre- and post- program competence and team collaboration levels were assessed in 18 healthcare professionals. A significant improvement (p < .05) occurred in global health competence after education. Formal educational preparation of international health volunteers can enhance their overall effectiveness when serving in resource-poor settings. Extensive resources for global health education are referenced.