The purpose of this study is to share the voices of healthcare graduate students participating in an interprofessional course experience, particularly as their voice relate to fundamental healthcare issues care embodied in the Triple Aims. Two research questions guided study efforts: (1) how do graduate students perceive the value of interprofessional learning experiences for their professional development as future healthcare providers? and (2) based on these experiences, how do students perceive the potential for interprofessional teams to address the Triple Aims of health care? This study was based on the qualitative approach of inductive thematic coding (Braun & Clarke, 2006). Findings indicated that course experiences led to favorable perspectives towards interprofessional practice, with students citing particular benefits regarding more effective and efficient patient service. Students also perceived that interprofessional healthcare would advance current practice regarding the first two triple aims (patient healthcare outcomes and patient satisfaction) due its focus on patient-centered care, improved provider communication, and better-informed treatment decisions. Regarding the third triple aim (reduced costs), students noted that healthcare cost savings were possible, but these must be viewed with a macro lens from a long-term perspective.
Interprofessional, Healthcare, Triple Aims, Student Voice, Healthcare Policy, Thematic Coding
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Skolits, G. J., Ladd, R. N., Kirkland, P., Beebe, L., & Roman, M. (2019). Triple Aims Healthcare Policy Voices of Graduate Student Interprofessional Team Members. The Qualitative Report, 24(9), 2351-2367. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2019.3751