Examining the influence of professional identity formation on the attitudes of students towards interprofessional collaboration

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Abstract

An expectation of introductory interprofessional education (IPE) is improvement in attitudes towards other professions. However, the theory surrounding professional identity formation suggests this expectation may be premature. The objective of this study was to quantify first-year health professional students attitudes towards their own and other professions and to investigate the relationship between strength of professional identity and attitudes towards other professions and interprofessional learning. Using a pre/post-test design, researchers administered the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS) and the Interdisciplinary Education Perception Scale (IEPS) to 864 first-year healthcare students in the Academic Health Center (AHC) at the University of Minnesota. The findings showed a decline in student attitudes towards their own and other professions. Additionally, a positive correlation between a weakened professional identity and readiness for interprofessional learning was demonstrated. This study found that an introductory IPE course did not positively affect student attitudes towards other professions, or strengthen professional identity or readiness for interprofessional learning. Analysis of the findings support the successive stages of professional identity formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-96
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of interprofessional care
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016

Keywords

  • Interprofessional education
  • mixed methods
  • prequalifying/pre-licensure
  • professional identity
  • professional socialization
  • professional stereotypes
  • role overlap

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