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.
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.
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.”
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.
Matthew Knieper is a staff chiropractor with the Tomah VA Medical Center (500 East Veterans Street, Tomah, WI 54660; firstname.lastname@example.org). 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; email@example.com).
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.