Posted: July 7, 2014

An Interprofessional Course in Quality and Safety in the Standard Curriculum: How Does It Influence Student Attitudes?

Description

Using collaboration between key faculty in the Schools of Nursing and Medicine, we implemented an interprofessional course on quality and safety into the standard curriculum for medical and nursing students. After several cycles of improvement from 2009-2011, we wanted to determine if the course affected attitudes toward interprofessional learning and teamwork. Students (n=264) from Spring 2012 received the Attitudes to Patient Safety Questionnaire (APSQ) pre and post course, and also completed a self-reflective exercise at the end of the course. Results showed that reliability coefficients and mean subscales on a Likert scale increased for error causation, error perception, error reduction, and learning/teaching after the course. Qualitative analysis of self-reflective surveys showed positive responses in several categories including: Interprofessional teamwork is important in problem-solving (87%) and Course was effective in teaching interprofessional teamwork (68%).

Keywords

Education, Patient Safety, Interprofessional Education, Quality, Teamwork

Authors

Jan E. Patterson, MD, MS, The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio

Deborah Kendall-Gallagher, PhD, JD, RN, School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

Andrea Berndt, PhD, MS, School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

Leticia Bresnahan, The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio


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