Impact of a one-time interprofessional education event for rehabilitation after stroke for students in the health professions

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© 2019 Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, Wash., DC. AIMS: Faculty in the healthcare professions are engaging their students in a variety of interprofessional education (IPE) experiences. One such experience is a one-time IPE event, performed over 2 consecutive years by 2 different cohorts, involving 342 students in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and therapeutic recreation. The aim was to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the impact of a stroke, the rehabilitation process, the rehabilitation team and their own profession, as well as incorporating the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. METHODS: The event had 3 separate components: a small group discussion on a pre-assigned case of a patient who had a stroke, a patient panel, and a clinician panel. RESULTS: All answers to the survey questions taken by students who attended the IPE event improved significantly at posttest (p<0.001). The IPE event was well received by the students (89.0% reported that the overall experience was good-excellent). CONCLUSION: This one-time event involving four health professions was successful in exposing the students to IPE.

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Journal of Allied Health

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