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An interprofessional education workshop to develop health professional student opioid misuse knowledge, attitudes and skills
Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (2017)
  • Celia P MacDonnell
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Objective: To implement and evaluate an interprofessional workshop focused on increasing
student knowledge, skills, and attitudes toward opioid misuse.
Setting: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island,
April 2016.
Practice description: Health professional students from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social
work, and physical therapy participated in an interprofessional education workshop focused
on opioid use disorder.
Practice innovation: This workshop included 4 main components: a patient panel, a simulated
standardized patient encounter, a paper-based case session focused on a homeless individual
misusing opioids, and naloxone training.
Evaluation: Direct assessment included a pretest and a posttest adapted from the Opioid
Overdose Knowledge Scale administered to medical students measuring knowledge of opioid
overdose at baseline and at 12 weeks after the workshop. Indirect assessment included a
satisfaction survey administered to medical, nursing, pharmacy, and social work students.
Results: Medical students scored a mean of 40.84 out of 54 (SD . 5.36) points at baseline
(n . 120) and a mean of 47.94 out of 54 (SD . 3.20) points at 12-week follow-up (n . 72),
demonstrating a significant increase in knowledge from pretest to posttest (P <0.001). Student
satisfaction data from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, and physical therapy (n . 272)
revealed a high degree of satisfaction regarding the overall quality of the training (4.47/5; SD .
0.75),quality of instruction (4.53/5; SD.0.73), quality of trainingmaterials (4.46/5; SD.0.77), the
training experience (4.52/5; SD . 0.75), and the organization of the training (4.50/5; SD . 0.73).
Conclusion: Our results demonstrate that an interprofessional education workshop focused
exclusively on opioid misuse was well received with high levels of satisfaction among health
professional students. Workshops such as these can be used in health professions curricula to
simulate the complex issues surrounding substance use disorder and to highlight the
importance of interprofessional teams.
© 2017 American Pharmacists Association
  • Interprofessional Education,
  • Opioid misuse,
  • Student workshop
Publication Date
Spring March, 2017
Citation Information
Opioids, naloxone, and beyond: The intersection of medication safety, public health, and pharmacy Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, Volume 57, Issue 2, Supplement, March–April 2017, Pages S5-S7