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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29446

Title: The impact of structured interprofessional education on students' perceptions of collaboration in a clinical setting
Authors: Pinto, Alison
Lee, Sam
Lombardo, Samantha
Salama, Mariam
Advisor: Ellis, Sandi
Faibish, Sharon
Jackson, Lawrence
Kay, Theresa
Young, Laurel
Davies, Robyn
Landry, Michel
Department: Physical Therapy
Keywords: interprofessional education
structured interprofessional placement
clinical education
interprofessional education facilitation
interdisciplinary education perception scale
mixed-methods
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Purpose: To examine how a structured interprofessional education (IPE) placement influences healthcare professional (HCP) students perceptions of interprofessional collaboration (IPC), as compared to students in a traditional (uniprofessional) clinical placement. Methods: This study employed a mixed methods design. The Interdisciplinary Education Perception Scale (IEPS) was administered in two Toronto hospitals to HCP students (n=36) before and after a structured 5-week IPE placement to examine changes in their perceptions of IPC. Students in a traditional placement (n=28) were used as a control. Focus groups were then conducted with seven students who took part in the structured IPE placement. A coding framework was devised a priori using the subscales of the IEPS; these results were used to complement the quantitative findings. Results: Within group analyses showed a greater positive trend in IEPS scores from baseline to follow-up for the intervention group. Qualitative data suggest students valued the knowledge and skills gained through the structured IPE program. Furthermore, students provided valuable insight to optimize the format of structured IPE placements. Conclusions: Structured IPE placements provide students with valuable collaborative learning opportunities, which may lead to enhanced understanding and respect for other professionals, and improved insight into the value of IPC in healthcare delivery.
Description: Affiliated institutions include: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (S. Ellis, L. Jackson, L. Young, R. Davies), Baycrest (S. Faibish, T. Kay), University of Toronto (T. Kay, R. Davies, M. Landry)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29446
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