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Pharmacy 2016, 4(4), 34; doi:10.3390/pharmacy4040034

Replicable Interprofessional Competency Outcomes from High-Volume, Inter-Institutional, Interprofessional Simulation

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Kirkof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University, 301 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
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College of Medicine, Michigan State University, 15 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
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College of Pharmacy, Ferris State University, 25 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
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Department of Physical Therapy, Grand Valley State University, 301 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
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Academic Editor: Ieva Stupans
Received: 16 August 2016 / Revised: 27 September 2016 / Accepted: 21 October 2016 / Published: 25 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Issues in Pharmacy Education)
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Abstract

There are significant limitations among the few prior studies that have examined the development and implementation of interprofessional education (IPE) experiences to accommodate a high volume of students from several disciplines and from different institutions. The present study addressed these gaps by seeking to determine the extent to which a single, large, inter-institutional, and IPE simulation event improves student perceptions of the importance and relevance of IPE and simulation as a learning modality, whether there is a difference in students’ perceptions among disciplines, and whether the results are reproducible. A total of 290 medical, nursing, pharmacy, and physical therapy students participated in one of two large, inter-institutional, IPE simulation events. Measurements included student perceptions about their simulation experience using the Attitude Towards Teamwork in Training Undergoing Designed Educational Simulation (ATTITUDES) Questionnaire and open-ended questions related to teamwork and communication. Results demonstrated a statistically significant improvement across all ATTITUDES subscales, while time management, role confusion, collaboration, and mutual support emerged as significant themes. Results of the present study indicate that a single IPE simulation event can reproducibly result in significant and educationally meaningful improvements in student perceptions towards teamwork, IPE, and simulation as a learning modality. View Full-Text
Keywords: interprofessional education; simulation; team-based care; interprofessional curricula interprofessional education; simulation; team-based care; interprofessional curricula
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Bambini, D.; Emery, M.; de Voest, M.; Meny, L.; Shoemaker, M.J. Replicable Interprofessional Competency Outcomes from High-Volume, Inter-Institutional, Interprofessional Simulation. Pharmacy 2016, 4, 34.

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