The impact of an inter-professional induction program on the perception of inter-professional collaboration (IPC) among new staff at a tertiary rehabilitation center (Published 2015)
Apr 06, 2016
Lee W.K, Goo L.K, Tan P.P, Lim P.H and Pakkirisami M.
It has been shown that inter-professional collaboration (IPC) training within the undergraduate curriculum can enhance students’ perceived communication skills and teamwork abilities. This study aims to develop an effective inter-professional induction program on IPC in a clinical setting.
Background: Existing literatures showed IPC trainings within undergraduate curriculum could enhance students’ perceived communication skills and teamwork abilities. However, the values of IPC training for staff in clinical actual setting are unclear.
Aim: To develop an effective inter-professional induction program for new staff at Tan Tock Seng Hospital Rehabilitation Centre in Singapore aiming to improve their perception on IPC.
Method: Participants went through e-learning materials prior attending a workshop focusing on IPC core competencies through real case studies, discussions and interactive activities.
Results: 24 new staff from different professional background (8 physicians, 7 nurses, 8 physiotherapists and 1 occupational therapist) participated in the study. The results showed the mean ATHCT score, team skill scale score and team fitness test score had increased from 92.13 to 95.71 (p=0.009), 52.17 to 57.38 (p=0.036) and 76.29 to 82.08 (p=0.013) respectively.
Discussion and conclusion: The results suggested IPC induction or education in clinical setting is valuable and important to enhance IPC perception for setting good foundation for IPC practice. Contextualized IPC training conducted in clinical setting is also believed to be more superior to generic training conducted during undergraduate or pre-professional training, as the training could be designed specifically to suit actual work requirement and culture.
I enjoyed reading this paper and it shows how the authors were able to partly fill the gap in inter-professional collaboration created by a lack of relevant a sects in undergraduate curricula . Although the methodology was not that innovative and the results were possible predictable, I do believe, as the authors state, that this can develop into something more effective. As is often with these studies there is a lack of long term evaluation and a follow-up to this study, but if this can promote IPE in undergraduate education within the region, then the research has been effective.