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Since 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified working in interdisciplinary teams as a critical factor in providing patient-centered care. Simulationenhanced interprofessional education (Sim-IPE) has shown improved knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors of teamwork required to improve patient outcomes. The purpose of this project was to determine whether a simulation-based interprofessional education day would improve these factors in senior allied health students in a small community college. The NLN Jeffries Simulation Theory was used as a theoretical framework for this project. The project administrator used the Interprofessional Socialization and Valuing Scale (ISVS) 9A pre-test to examine beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes towards interprofessional collaboration. After a Sim-IPE experience where six allied health disciplines worked together to care for five patients, the students were involved at debriefing on the patient as well as their interprofessional collaboration. When the experience was completed, the students took the ISVS 9B post-test. Paired t-test was completed for the whole population and further broken down by individual programs to analyze the statistical significance in their knowledge of IPE after the intervention. A total of 42 students completed ISVS 9A and 43 students completed ISVS 9B. There was a significant difference in the scores for ISVS 9A (M=5.5, SD=0.79) and ISVS 9B (M=6.3, SD=0.41); t (83) =-4.89, p=0.000004. These results suggested that the Sim-IPE activity did significantly improve the scores between the pre-test and post-test. The students were also asked qualitative data questions for quality improvement and sustainability purposes. The Sim-IPE experience will continue to be used at this community college.
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Whitley, Eva Huneycutt, "Simulation Outside the Silo: Allied Health Interprofessional Education Day to Improve Patient Outcomes" (2018). Nursing Theses and Capstone Projects. 349.