The Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale: To RIPLS or not to RIPLS? That is only part of the question
We live in two inter-related worlds of interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) by simultaneously implementing and evaluating the University of Minnesota IPECP program, across 21 schools and programs on three campuses and in our work in the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. We are constantly grappling with “on the ground” challenges and national issues that arise in the center; therefore, we are gaining a unique perspective about IPECP. A recent editorial by Mahler, Berger and Reeves (2015) provides a cautionary tale about a popular instrument for measuring attitudes about IPECP. In this case, the instrument in question is the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS), and the editorial authors argue convincingly that the evidence for its validity is weak (Mahler et al., 2015).