Date of Award

Spring 2021


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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS) in Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene


Purpose: To determine if interprofessional education (IPE) program with dental hygiene and occupational therapy students help determine roles and responsibilities in patients post-stroke.

Methods: A virtual 90-minute educational module was presented to occupational therapy and dental hygiene students, hosted over zoom with a 30-minute presentation followed by an open discussion over two case studies. A pretest was administered before the event and followed by an immediate posttest. Both tests included the Modified Readiness for Interprofessional Learning (mRIPLS) items that are on a 5-point Likert scale.

Results: The virtual IPE showed that there were positive changes in pretest to posttest scores. The results showed changes in perceptions from pretest to posttest on three items. The changes in perception suggest a change in students’ confidence in working with post-stroke patients on their oral health. Item 12 assessed students’ perception of who can be involved in IPE events. Items 20 and 21 assessed students’ confidence in discussing oral health with patients who are post-stroke and understanding the oral-systemic implications for strokes and periodontal disease.

Conclusion: A virtual IPE educational module was presented to dental hygiene and occupational therapy students resulting in a notable difference in students’ understanding of strokes and oral health. The long-term impact could result in better health outcomes for patients who have had a stroke.