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Perceived Benefits and Challenges of Interprofessional Education Based on a Multidisciplinary Faculty Member Survey
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
  • David Benjamin Lash, Touro University California College of Pharmacy
  • Mitchell J. Barnett, Touro University California College of Pharmacy
  • Nirali Parekh, Touro University California College of Pharmacy
  • Anita Shieh, Touro University California College of Pharmacy
  • Maggie Louie, Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Dominican University of California
  • Terrill T-L. Tang, Touro University California College of Pharmacy
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2014
Department
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To identify differences among faculty members in various health professional training programs in perceived benefits and challenges of implementing interprofessional education (IPE). METHODS: A 19-item survey using a 5-point Likert scale was administered to faculty members across different health disciplines at a west coast, multicollege university with osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and physician assistant programs. RESULTS: Sixty-two of 103 surveys (60.2%) were included in the study. Faculty members generally agreed that there were benefits of IPE on patient outcomes and that implementing IPE was feasible. However, group differences existed in belief that IPE improves care efficiency (p=0.001) and promotes team-based learning (p=0.001). Program divergence was also seen in frequency of stressing importance of IPE (p=0.009), preference for more IPE opportunities (p=0.041), and support (p=0.002) within respective college for IPE. CONCLUSIONS: Despite consensus among faculty members from 3 disciplines that IPE is invaluable to their curricula and training of health care students, important program level differences existed that would likely need to be addressed in advance IPE initiatives.
Citation Information
David Benjamin Lash, Mitchell J. Barnett, Nirali Parekh, Anita Shieh, et al.. "Perceived Benefits and Challenges of Interprofessional Education Based on a Multidisciplinary Faculty Member Survey" American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education Vol. 78 Iss. 10 (2014) p. 1 - 9 ISSN: 0002-9459
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