Clinical associate professor of physical therapy
Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Sciences
Physical and Occupational Therapy Students' Perceptions of an Interprofessional Education (2011 and 2012 project)
Interprofessional collaboration is considered a vital part of the professional life of health care professionals. However, few professional programs offer structured in-class activities that model and encourage interprofessional collaboration. Relatively little is known about how interprofessional learning activities impact students' perceptions of interprofessional collaboration.
To address this concern, occupational and physical therapy students participated in a three week long interprofessional learning module involving structured video case studies. The Interdisciplinary Education Perception Scale (IEPS) was administered to students before and after the completion of the module. Students also completed reflection papers. A paired-samples t-test was conducted to evaluate the impact of the interprofessional learning module on the students' scores on the IEPS. There was a statistically significant increase in IEPS scores from pre-test to post-test. Analysis of the reflection papers provided further evidence of interprofessional growth. A follow-up survey was administered to students following clinical placement. There was no significant difference in IEPS scores from post-test to follow-up, suggesting that changes in attitude made in the classroom may be sustained in the clinical environment.
The results of this study will inform the development of future interprofessional learning activities used in the OT and PT programs.
This research project is being conducted with Nancy Bagatell.
- Bagatell, N. and Broggi, M. 2012. Physical and Occupational Therapy Students' Perceptions of an Interprofessional Education Experience. The SoTL Commons: A conference for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, March , 2012.
- Manuscript submitted to Journal of Physical Therapy Education (2013), pending review