Effectiveness of online interprofessional education-communication course during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Publication date: Feb 29, 2024

A developed IPE (Interprofessional Education)-communication course was first implemented at Universitas Pelita Harapan/UPH via online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This study aimed to analyze the effectiveness of a newly developed IPE-online communication course offered to medical (MS) and nursing (NS) students. This study was a quantitative study using a pre-post design without control. The IPAS (Interprofessional Attitude Scale) assessed students’ attitudes toward IPE. Satisfaction with the program was also measured following its completion. The questionnaire was administered via Survey Monkey to 535 respondents (MS = 250; NS = 285). Univariate and bivariate statistical analyses were employed. Before and after the IPE program, 161 MS and 146 NS completed the IPAS questionnaire (n = 307). The attitude of MS and NS were not improved significantly (p-value >0. 05). Moreover, several subscales of attitudes decreased significantly, including “Diversity and Ethics” with a low-size effect for medical students and “Teamwork, Roles, and Responsibilities” and “Patient-Centeredness” with a low-size effect for nursing students. Both students (n = 307) were also satisfied with the IPE course (Mean MS: 4. 28 and NS: 4. 34). This study suggests that online IPE communication course may not be effective in fostering student attitudes. The IPE communication course should be accomplished through in-person class instead of online learning. Further IPE course evaluations are required to improve the acceptability, applicability, and effectiveness of IPE in health education.

Concepts Keywords
Monkey Attitude
Pandemic Interprofessional education
Therapy Medical
Universitas Nursing


Type Source Name
disease VO effectiveness
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
disease VO effective

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