Lightning Talk

UB ISDoH Scale: Measuring Students’ Perceived Skills Related to the Social Determinants of Health

Sunday, August 21, 2022, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
social determinants of health

Addressing social factors that impact healthcare outcomes is complicated. Recent emphasis on social determinants of health (SDoH) recognizes that our social structures and the conditions in which people live, work, play, and pray serve an important role in enhancing individual and community health outcomes. With the growing emphasis on SDoH within the context of interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP), health professions students ought to gain an understanding of the SDoH and learn how to incorporate SDOH screening and screening outcomes into their care plan. Despite a multitude of measures that assess students’ perceived skills and attitudes related to interprofessional engagement and communication, there is a paucity of tools for the assessment of students’ skills associated with the SDoH. The UB iSDoH Scale is a new 10-item self-report instrument measuring self-perceived skills associated with SDoH assessment and implementing solutions to mitigate barriers using an interprofessional perspective. The UB iSDoH Scale was created by members of the University at Buffalo Interprofessional Education Leadership Team and was based on existing validated scales assessing IPCP skills. This brief instrument employs a retrospective pre-test and post-test that allows students to reflect on the skills they had prior to an interprofessional learning experience and how their skills changed in response to the experience. This presentation will discuss the development process for the UB iSDoH Scale, its psychometric properties, and will demonstrate the utility of this measure for assessing interprofessional skills related to SDoH.