Eastern Washington University Colbert, Washington
Exploring Student-Led Interprofessional Education Through a Community Service Project.
Interprofessional collaboration has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a vital part of improving health outcomes. Interprofessional education (IPE) is an important step in creating health professionals readily prepared to communicate and collaborate using evidence-based practice effectively. The purpose of this study aims to assess student attitudes and perceptions of the student-led approach to IPE, using a pre- and post-test survey. Participants enrolled in various health science programs, including dental, dental hygiene, occupational therapy, pharmacy, communication sciences and disorders/speech and hearing sciences, public health, and health science administration will attend an orientation, a community service IPE workshop serving veterans in the community, and a debrief session.Collected data from the study may prove to be beneficial in the development and revisions to improve the learning experiences, collaboration, and student attitudes and perceptions of IPE. Changing the way students view interprofessional collaboration may greatly impact the future of health care and outcomes of patient care.