Evaluating interprofessional socialization: Matched student self-assessments surrounding underserved clinic participation

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Curr Pharm Teach Learn


INTRODUCTION: To determine if an existing tool, the Interprofessional Socialization and Valuing Scale (ISVS), can be used to measure student perceptions of interprofessional (IP) socialization and teamwork in a cohort of pharmacy, medicine, physical therapy, and social work students volunteering in a student-run free clinic (SRFC).

METHODS: The ISVS was distributed to these health professions students before and after participation at the SRFC. After a one-month pilot, the plan was to collect data for 12 months. A power analysis determined a minimum sample size was 15 students (power = 0.8). Student surveys were matched utilizing unique alphanumeric identifiers. Results of IP socialization were analyzed by total group and health profession.

RESULTS: A mean value for each ISVS domain was compared before and after the IP SRFC experience over 11 months; the pilot was not included in the final data set. Significant improvement in interprofessional socialization was observed across all ISVS factors including Self-Perceived Ability to Work with Others (p < 0.001), Value in Working with Others (p = 0.002), and Comfort in Working with Others (p < 0.001). Pharmacy and social work disciplines met the threshold for statistical significance for at least one factor.

CONCLUSIONS: Utilizing the ISVS in an IP SRFC setting can detect changes in professional development that is influenced by beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes as self-assessed in our student population. Engaging students in such a clinic demonstrates educational value and potentially leads to significant improvement in their interprofessional socialization and teamwork skills.

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