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Can interprofessional education change students’ attitudes? A case study from Lebanon

BMC Med Educ. 2022 Jul 23;22(1):570. doi: 10.1186/s12909-022-03608-z.


BACKGROUND: Interprofessional collaboration is key to improving the health of individuals and communities. It is supported by provision of Interprofessional education (IPE) which has recently emerged in the Middle East region. This study investigated changes in healthcare students’ attitudes towards interprofessional collaboration after undertaking the Interprofessional Education and Collaboration (IPEC) course.

METHODS: A paper-based anonymous survey using the Interprofessional Attitude Scale (IPAS) was administered to a sample of 346 health students (nursing, medicine, and public health) pre/post undertaking the IPEC course. Less than half of the students provided a post response, with pre/post survey results of 111 pairs subsequently matched and analyzed.

RESULTS: Results showed elevated pre-course scores, an improvement in students’ attitudes towards the interprofessional biases domain of the IPAS, and a slight decline in their scores in the remaining 4 domains (team roles and responsibilities, patient centeredness, community centeredness, and diversity and ethics). These changes were not statistically significant, except for the patient centeredness domain (p = 0.003**).

CONCLUSIONS: The study provided important results about attitudes towards interprofessional collaboration. These findings are essential because our institution is one of few in Lebanon that provides this mandatory course to a large group of health professionals. Future studies should investigate these changes in attitude scores in a larger sample size, and how these attitudes would influence collaboration post-graduation.

PMID:35871066 | DOI:10.1186/s12909-022-03608-z

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