A quality improvement activity to promote interprofessional collaboration among health professions students

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To develop and evaluate a classroom-based curriculum designed to promote interprofessional competencies by having undergraduate students from various health professions work together on system-based problems using quality improvement (QI) methods and tools to improve patient-centered care.


Students from 4 health care programs (nursing, nutrition, pharmacy, and physical therapy) participated in an interprofessional QI activity. In groups of 6 or 7, students completed pre-intervention and post-intervention reflection tools on attitudes relating to interprofessio nal teams, and a tool designed to evaluate group process.


One hundred thirty-four students (76.6%) completed both self-reflection instruments, and 132 (74.2%) completed the post-course group evaluation instrument. Although already high prior to the activity, students' mean post-intervention reflection scores increased for 12 of 16 items. Post-intervention group evaluation scores reflected a high level of satisfaction with the experience.


Use of a quality-based case study and QI methodology were an effective approach to enhancing interprofessional experiences among students.

PubMed URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19657497

Dobson, Roy Thomas
Stevenson, Katherine
Busch, Angela
Scott, Darlene J
Henry, Carol
Wall, Patricia A
Journal Citation: 
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 73(4):64, 2009 Jul 10.