Attitudes Toward Interprofessional Collaboration Among Students in the Health Care Professions

  • Juyoung Park Florida Atlantic University, School of Social Work
  • Wesley Hawkins Florida Atlantic University, School of Social Work
  • Michele Hawkins Florida Atlantic University, School of Social Work
  • Elwood Hamlin Florida Atlantic University, School of Social Work
Keywords: Interprofessional collaboration, educational program, attitude

Abstract

This study investigated differences in attitudes expressed by medical, nursing, and social work students regarding interprofessional collaboration (a) between physician and nurse, (b) between nurse and social worker, and (c) between physician and social worker. A self-administered cross-sectional survey was presented to participants online. The Jefferson School of Attitudes Toward Physician-Nurse Collaboration (JSAPNC), a modified JSAPNC, and a demographic questionnaire were completed online by 80 students from medicine, nursing, and social work. Significant (p = ≤ .005) differences in attitudes toward interprofessional collaboration (IPC) were noted among social work, medical, and nursing students. Attitudes toward IPC in the health care setting were generally positive, with social work and nursing students showing more positive attitudes than medical students. Additional psychometric tests are required to obtain sound reliability and validity scores for the modified JSAPNC.

Author Biographies

Juyoung Park, Florida Atlantic University, School of Social Work
Ph.D., Assistant Professor Florida Atlantic University School of Social Work 777 Glades Road, Social Science Building, Room SO # 319 Boca Raton, FL, 33431-0900 Phone: 561-297-4537 E-mail: jpark14@fau.edu. Fax: 561-297-2866
Wesley Hawkins, Florida Atlantic University, School of Social Work
School of Social Work Professor
Michele Hawkins, Florida Atlantic University, School of Social Work
School of Social Work Professor
Elwood Hamlin, Florida Atlantic University, School of Social Work
School of Social Work Professor
Published
2013-01-19
Section
Articles