Interprofessional Education: Are we ready for it?

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Rabbia Qadeer Mian


Introduction: Interprofessional education arose as a solution to the increasing healthcare challenges occurring worldwide. An increase in complaints regarding patient safety, ineffective communications and teamwork between doctors, and an overall decline in our local health care call for the need for the formal establishment of IPE.

Objective: To assess the readiness of dental and medical postgraduates for interprofessional education and explore whether there is a difference in their readiness with respect to their discipline, gender, and training level.
Methods: A cross-sectional survey was done at Fatima Memorial Hospital, College of Medicine and Dentistry, from August 2019 to September 2019, using the ‘readiness for interprofessional learning scale (RIPLS) which was to be scored on a 5 point Likert scale. Participants included all 188 postgraduate trainees enrolled in the medical and dental Fellowship of the College of Physicians and Surgeon program at the institute. Data were interpreted using descriptive, parametric, and nonparametric statistics to compare readiness towards IPE between postgraduates in medical and dental sectors, gender, and training levels.
Results: The response rate was 57.98% (109/188), out of which 60% were females. The overall mean score for readiness was 79.26±6.84. The lowest mean score was 7.02±1.2 for the roles and responsibilities domain. A comparison between the medical and dental sector, genders, and training year showed no significant difference, however, findings for the final year training were slightly higher than others.
Conclusion: The medical and dental postgraduates, both showed equal readiness towards IPE. Though in favor of shared learning, they had ambiguity regarding their roles and responsibilities. This favors the immediate introduction of IPE in Pakistan at all levels to promote collaborative practice and diminish professional identity uncertainty; all for the betterment of Pakistan’s healthcare system.
Keywords: Interprofessional education, Postgraduates, Interprofessional learning, Teamwork, Collaboration, Roles and Responsibilities.


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