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Stimulating Students’ Interprofessional Teamwork Skills Through Community-Based Education: A Mixed Methods Evaluation

Authors Lestari E, Scherpbier A, Stalmeijer R

Received 14 June 2020

Accepted for publication 24 September 2020

Published 13 October 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 1143—1155


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Endang Lestari,1 Albert Scherpbier,2 Renee Stalmeijer2

1Medical and Health Professions Education Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Islam Sultan Agung, Semarang, Indonesia; 2School of Health Professions Education, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands

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Background: Interprofessional education (IPE) is suggested as a good means to prepare future healthcare professionals for collaborative work in interprofessional teams enabling them to solve complex health problems. Previous studies have advocated experiential IPE, including community-based IPE (CBIPE). This study aims to evaluate a CBIPE programme by exploring the students’ perception toward CBIPE design and toward groups’ teamwork.
Methods: To identify students’ perceptions of teamwork, the Interprofessional Teamwork Evaluation questionnaire was administered to 254 students of medical, nursing and midwifery programme. Three uni-professional focus group (FG) discussions were conducted to analyse the students’ perception of the design of community-based education and underlying reasons for teamwork.
Results: FGs reported three aspects that influence skills development in collaborative practice among students that shed light on why midwifery and nursing students held less positive perceptions of communication and mutual support: 1) communication gap due to lack of confidence, 2) contrasting ways of thinking affect communication in decision-making, and 3) the leadership culture in the health services.
Conclusion: A CBIPE programme was successfully implemented at Universitas Islam Sultan Agung. It demonstrated that students in the health professions can develop skills in collaborative practice despite having some problems with communication and mutual support.

Keywords: community-based interprofessional education, interprofessional education, interprofessional timework evaluation

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