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The Differences in Perceptions of Interprofessional Education Among Health Profession Students: The Indonesian Experience

Authors Syahrizal D, Renaldi T, Dianti SW, Jannah N, Rachmah R, Firdausa S, Vonna A

Received 28 November 2019

Accepted for publication 3 April 2020

Published 12 May 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 403—410

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S240195

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Dedy Syahrizal, 1 Teuku Renaldi, 2 Sukma Wulan Dianti, 3 Noraliyatun Jannah, 4 R Rachmah, 4 Sarah Firdausa, 5 Azizah Vonna 6

1Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh, Aceh, Indonesia; 2Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh, Aceh, Indonesia; 3Bachelor of Medicine Program, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh, Aceh, Indonesia; 4Faculty of Nursing, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh, Aceh, Indonesia; 5Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh, Aceh, Indonesia; 6Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh, Aceh, Indonesia

Correspondence: Azizah Vonna Tel +62 821 63-44 3508
Email azizahvonna@unsyiah.ac.id

Purpose: Interprofessional education (IPE) is defined as a practice of collaboration between two or more students from different health profession programs in which the students study with and about, and learn from, each other. IPE is an educational method that trains students to perform in terms of good communication and teamwork which will be useful for the implementation of interprofessional collaboration (IPC) at health-care facilities. The aim of this study is to identify the perceptions of medicine and health profession students on IPE at Universitas Syiah Kuala, Indonesia.
Materials and Methods: This study was conducted in five health profession programs at Universitas Syiah Kuala, Indonesia. Data were collected using a questionnaire which was then distributed to 286 students sampled with a stratified random sampling method. Analyses were conducted by using a univariate statistical analysis to observe students’ perceptions of IPE. Students were considered to have a positive perception if their total score was above the median score.
Results: More than half of the students (51.4%) in this study had a positive perception toward IPE. However, upon exploration of students’ perceptions separately for each study program, only a minority of medical students responded with a positive perception toward IPE (37%). In contrast, the majority of students from dentistry, psychology, nursing, and pharmacy study programs showed a positive perception of IPE, with the pharmacy study program being the program with the highest proportion of students who showed a positive perception (62.5%, 53.5%, 56.4%, and 75%, respectively).
Conclusion: The majority of medical students show a negative perception toward IPE in contrast to students from other health profession programs at Universitas Syiah Kuala. The pharmacy study program shows the highest proportion of students with a positive perception among all other students.

Keywords: medical student, pharmacy student, health profession programs, student positive perception

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