Title: Perceptions of Interprofessional Cooperation and Collaboration Competency Among Undergraduate Students in Nursing and Medicine in South Korea
Stream: Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary & Transdisciplinary Education
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation
Hee-Young Song, Yonsei University, South Korea
The interprofessional education (IPE) is an effective method to improve collaboration between health care professionals, which ensures the delivery of high-quality patient care. This study was aimed to assess perceptions of interprofessional cooperation and collaboration competency among undergraduate students in nursing and medicine in South Korea.
Methods and participants
This was a cross-sectional survey with undergraduate students from 2nd year to 4th academic years of the schools of nursing (n= 93) and medicine (n=68) at two universities in South Korea, using a convenience sampling method. The Interdisciplinary Education Perception Scale (IEPS) and IPEC Competency Self-Assessment scale were used to assess perceptions for interprofessional cooperation and collaboration competency, respectively. Data were analyzed using PASW statistics 20.0 with descriptive statistics, independent sample t-test, and one-way ANOVAs.
Fifty-eight percent of participants were nursing students, 74% were female with mean age of 21. 7 years old. Most of them had never taken any classes or programs for IPE. Medical students showed significantly higher IEPS and IPEC Competency Self-Assessment scores than nursing students. Also, students in the 4th academic years and the 2nd academic years from both schools reported higher scores of IEPS and IPEC Competency Self-Assessment, respectively.
Results provided baseline data on and differences in perceptions of interprofessional collaboration and related competency among undergraduate students in nursing and medicine in South Korea. Findings suggest the need to reflect these differences according the academic years as well as the professions in order to design effective IPE programs and strategies for this population.
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