Attitudes Toward Interprofessional Collaboration Among Students in the Health Care Professions

Juyoung Park, Wesley Hawkins, Michele Hawkins, Elwood Hamlin

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.

Keywords


Interprofessional collaboration, educational program, attitude

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