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Abstract

ABSTRACT

Purpose: Healthcare providers and educational programs share a challenge where limited resources make interprofessional education (IPE) and collaboration difficult. The purpose of this research was to investigate the impact of IPE, specifically The Greater Cincinnati Quality of Life Forum within the School of Health Science at Mount St. Joseph University, on students’ perceptions of communication skills, collaboration, and values of interprofessional practice as they relate to emergent topics within the community and healthcare. Methods: Consenting participants completed an electronic survey with five reflection questions. Qualitative assessment included analysis of text for emergent themes. Results: Four themes evolved impacting future practice: consciousness, roles and responsibilities, professional values and ethics, and skepticism of the IPE activity benefit. Analysis of data also revealed three learner-readiness categories: desire to know, desire to act, and questioning value and validity. Conclusion & Recommendations: This IPE activity aimed to integrate holistic patient care approaches within a supportive interprofessional team. Educators ought to consider alignment of IPE activities to the learner audience for better integration of the process. Future research should also include longitudinal assessment of students’ development through IPE activities.

Author Bio(s)

Jamie Bayliss, PT, MPT, DHSc, is an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Physical Therapy at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Erin Hofmeyer, PT, DPT is an Instructor and Assistant Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Physical Therapy at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

BC Charles-Liscombe, EdD, LAT, ATC is the Chair and an Associate Professor in the Department of Athletic Training at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kristin Clephane, DNP, RN, CNP is the RN-BSN/MSN Program Director and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sandra Matthias, MSN, RN is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Donna Glankler, DNP, RN, CNE is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Nicole Harshbarger, MS, AT, ATC is an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Brevard College.

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