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Fostering interprofessional teamwork through an immersive study abroad experience.

J Interprof Care; : 1-4, 2018 Dec 24.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30582429
In 2017, American university students representing seven healthcare professions traveled to Australia (AU) for a 17-day study abroad course focused on expanding students' knowledge of interprofessional education (IPE) and global communities. This innovative course allowed for an immersive IPE learning experience through an examination of healthcare and culture. Based upon pilot study survey data from the 12 participating students (i.e., students from athletic training, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, pre-medical, and speech-language pathology), positive perceptions of the experience related to teamwork, learning, and healthcare differences were achieved. However, survey data from the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS) showed no significant change in attitudes or perceptions of collaboration, professional identity, or roles and responsibilities. These results suggest the potential that students who elect to participate in optional IPE study abroad programs already have positive attitudes toward IPE. Study abroad may be an appropriate setting to expand healthcare students' appreciation of IPE, teamwork, and global awareness. The results of this study may assist other professionals in developing future IPE activities in the international setting.