Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education
Background: Effective interprofessional collaboration may positively impact clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, and cost effectiveness. However, educational silos and discipline-specific socialization have reinforced each health profession’s independent values, attitudes, and problem-solving approaches.
Methods and Findings: Students’ (N = 376) attitudes about teamwork were measured with the Interprofessional Attitudes Scale, Teamwork, Roles, and Responsibilities subscale using a pretest-posttest design. Experiential learning strategies and a case study approach were used to introduce students to the roles and responsibilities of the students’ disciplines. There was a positive mean difference in pretest-posttest measures (p < .001) with a moderate effect size (r = .27).
Conclusions: Providing opportunities for pre-licensure health sciences students to understand the roles and responsibilities of other disciplines through IPE co-curricular learning can enhance positive attitudes toward teamwork.
Original Publication Citation
Mishoe, S. C., Tufts, K. A., Diggs, L. A., Blando, J. D., Claiborne, D. M., Hoch, J. M., & Walker, M. L. (2018). Health professions students' attitudes toward teamwork before and after an interprofessional education co-curricular experience. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice & Education, 8(1), 1-16. doi:10.22230/jripe.2018v8n1a264
Mishoe, Shelley C.; Tufts, Kimberly Adams; Diggs, Leigh Ann; Blando, James D.; Claiborne, Denise; Hoch, Johanna M.; and Walker, Martha L., "Health Professions Students' Attitudes Toward Teamwork Before and After an Interprofessional Education Co-Curricular Experience" (2018). Community & Environmental Health Faculty Publications. 68.