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Am J Pharm Educ. 2014 Dec 15;78(10):186. doi: 10.5688/ajpe7810186.

Impact of an interprofessional communication course on nursing, medical, and pharmacy students' communication skill self-efficacy beliefs.

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Gatton College of Pharmacy, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe an interprofessional communication course in an academic health sciences center and to evaluate and compare interpersonal and interprofessional communication self-efficacy beliefs of medical, nursing, and pharmacy students before and after course participation, using Bandura's self-efficacy theory as a guiding framework.

DESIGN:

First-year nursing (n=36), first-year medical (n=73), and second-year pharmacy students (n=83) enrolled in an interprofessional communication skills development course voluntarily completed a 33-item survey instrument based on Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) core competencies prior to and upon completion of the course during the fall semester of 2012.

ASSESSMENT:

Nursing students entered the course with higher interpersonal and interprofessional communication self-efficacy beliefs compared to medical and pharmacy students. Pharmacy students, in particular, noted significant improvements in communication self-efficacy beliefs across multiple domains postcourse.

CONCLUSION:

Completion of an interprofessional communications course was associated with a positive impact on health professions students' interpersonal and interprofessional communication self-efficacy beliefs.

KEYWORDS:

Interprofessional communication; interpersonal communication; self-efficacy beliefs

PMID:
25657373
PMCID:
PMC4315208
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe7810186
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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