Learning Objective 1: Discuss opportunities for developing IPE community engagement.
Learning Objective 2: Develop effective clinical student measurements for IPE clinical projects.
Methods: Data was acquired regarding students’ attitudes and readiness about IPE, and how over time, those attitudes changed as a result of IPCP placement. The hypothesis was that attitudes and readiness become more positive following IPE experiences. A series of pre/post surveys was administered to student participants during semester-long clinical rotations. Pre/post-tests included the Attitudes Toward Health Care Teams Scale, Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale, Team Skills Scale, and Cultural Competence Assessment with the Team Fitness Test added post-test. Comparison data was analyzed between the pre/post test results.
Results: Collected data measured the effectiveness of the IPE activities which resulted in team informed care decisions regarding vulnerable patient populations. A secondary outcome was of improved communication. The project created a platform for open and honest communication and building a culture of trust. This impacted both health delivery and desired patient outcomes.
Conclusions: This project is on-going, survey outcomes will inform future IPE curriculum. Assessment of the survey data will assist additional curricular content for this cohort, with strategies in preparing future leaders for the healthcare arena.
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