Objective

To describe perceptions of knowledge of interprofessional teams and value of interprofessional education (IPE) among 3 distinct years of chiropractic students at 1 chiropractic college.

Methods

A 24-item cross-sectional survey was administered to 247 chiropractic students in years 1–3 within a single institution. Surveys included 5 demographic questions and the 19-item Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS). The RIPLS collected information on perceptions and value of interprofessional health care in a health care training program. Each question is scored on a 1–5 scale, with 5 indicating a stronger agreement. Multivariable analysis was used for comparison.

Results

Out of a total 321 eligible students, 247 (148 male) students completed the survey from year 1 (n = 66), year 2 (n = 102), and year 3 (n = 79), respectively. Most students (68%) were 18–25 years old. The mean compiled score of all 3 years (n = 231) was 77.2 (SD = 9.1). Each individual's year scores were as follows: year 1 (n = 60, mean = 79.7, SD=7.4), year 2 (n = 95, mean = 76.9, SD = 9.1), and year 3 (n = 76, mean = 75.4, SD = 9.9). Of the 247 students who responded, 87% of participantsagreed with “shared learning with other health care students will increase my ability to understand clinical problems.”

Conclusion

Most participants demonstrated a positive response to IPE and collaborating with health care teams. Participants in earlier years demonstrated a more positive response compared to later years. While positive perceptions to IPE were demonstrated, chiropractic students lacked knowledge and understanding of their role within an interprofessional health care team.

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Author notes

Matthew Knieper is a staff chiropractor with the Tomah VA Medical Center (500 East Veterans Street, Tomah, WI 54660; kniepermatthew@gmail.com). Judy Bhatti is an associate professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic (1000 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803; Bhatti_j@palmer.edu). Elissa Twist is a clinical research specialist at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (741 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803; elissa.twist@palmer.edu).

Concept development: MK, JB. Design: MK, JB. Supervision: MK, JB. Data collection/processing: MK, JB, ET. Analysis/interpretation: MK, JB, ET. Literature search: MK, JB. Writing: MK, JB, ET. Critical review: MK, JB, ET.