Date of Award
Master of Science (MS) in Dental Hygiene
Purpose: The purpose of this research was to explore the effectiveness of a student-led interprofessional education (IPE) workshop in improving student attitudes and perceptions toward IPE. Students from four health science programs including Dental Hygiene, Communication Sciences and Disorders/Speech and Hearing, Health Services Administration and Occupational Therapy participated in a community service event. Students provided screenings to veteran patients including a health history intake, hearing test, and sleep screening while other students observed.
Methods: Students were asked to attend an orientation, the Vets Day IPE workshop, and a debrief session. This mixed methods approach study utilized the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS) to assess students’ attitudes and perceptions toward IPE. The RIPLS (Likert scale) was used as a pre- and post-test to assess changes in students’ scores. The pre-test was administered prior to the IPE workshop. The post- test was administered following the workshop. Qualitative data derived from a debrief session where students answered guided questions in groups regarding their experience through discussion.
Results: Results indicated a statistically significant difference (p<.05) in participants’ attitudes and perceptions toward IPE using the RIPLS. Statistical significance was found within each RIPLS subscale where participants showed a positive change in their readiness for interprofessional learning. Qualitative data revealed positive feedback about the workshop and an improvement in learning about different professions.
Conclusion: The results of this study show a student-led approach to IPE through a community service project is beneficial in improving student attitudes and perceptions of IPE.
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Doerschuk, Lindsay Ann, "Exploring student-led interprofessional education through a community service project" (2018). EWU Masters Thesis Collection. 478.
Dental Hygiene Commons, Dental Public Health and Education Commons, Health and Medical Administration Commons, Interprofessional Education Commons, Occupational Therapy Commons, Speech and Hearing Science Commons