Improving knowledge and attitudes of physician assistant and occupational therapy students using interprofessional case studies: Lessons learned
Emily Weidman-Evans, Teresa Bigler, LSUHealth-Shreveport School of Allied Health Physician Assistant Program, United States ; Lucinda Murray, Christine Wright, LSUHealth-Shreveport School of Allied Health Program in Occupational Therapy, United States
Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice Volume 6, Number 1, ISSN 2405-4526 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This manuscript reports the outcomes of two sequential educational cohorts of physician assistant (PA) and occupational therapy (OT) students completing interprofessional case studies, including changes made to improve the process.Students' knowledge was determined using a modified Scope of Practice (SOP) survey. Attitudes were measured using a modified Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Survey (RIPLS). The same data collection tools were then used after the second cohort to determine if curricular and logistical changes resulted in better attainment of objectives.There was no change in the knowledge of relevant professional duties in the first cohort, but a significant overall improvement in the knowledge of an OT's scope of practice in the second. While overall attitudes toward collaboration were positive, they worsened significantly after the case studies in the first cohort, but not the second.This project showed that by controlling for some of the variables that can impact the delivery of interprofessional educational activities, learning outcomes may be improved.
Weidman-Evans, E., Bigler, T., Murray, L. & Wright, C. (2017). Improving knowledge and attitudes of physician assistant and occupational therapy students using interprofessional case studies: Lessons learned. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 6(1), 45-48. Elsevier Ltd.