Lightning Talk

The Impact an Interprofessional (IPE) Clinic Experience Has on Health Profession Student’s Perception of Clinical Collaboration

Sunday, August 21, 2022, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
interprofessional education

Duke University Schools of Medicine and Nursing developed an interprofessional student clinical experience which brings together students and faculty from their professional programs including doctor of allopathy (MD), advanced bachelors of science in nursing (ABSN), nurse practitioner (NP), physician assistant (PA), physical therapy (PT) to provide collaborative care to patients in the Duke emergency department (ED). The IPE experience focuses on team-based, hands-on patient care as well as learning from and with each of the professions. We sought to understand the impact this 4-hour clinical experience has on students in terms of their perception of interprofessional collaboration. The clinical experience began in Oct 2021 and is ongoing through June 2022, however, the PT program did not join until February of 2022. To date (April 15, 2022) we have data from 207 students. At the end of the session, students complete an evaluation. The interprofessional students were asked to respond on a 5-point Likert scale from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree to the following question: The clinical experience changed my perception of collaboration with other health professions. The majority of students responded with a 5 (34%) or 4 (36%). The remaining students answered 3 (23%), 2 (6%) and 1 (1%). Overall, the responses were agreeable. As we continue to grow this clinical experience, it will be important to explore why there was significant neutral responses and to explore this perception of collaboration. Our hypothesis is that in this clinical experience, all professions work together simultaneous, rather in the more common stepwise progression based on referrals to other providers. However, working together at the same time allows all students to witness and learn from their professional peers in the same scenarios. As interprofessional collaboration is critical for complex patient care it is important that students have positive perceptions of the collaboration.