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Abstract

It is essential that members of a successful interprofessional healthcare delivery team understand the crucial roles and responsibilities of each profession. Participation in interprofessional education and practice has been suggested to improve understanding of the roles of each discipline on an allied health team, however, often understanding of the occupational therapy scope of practice is confusing to other allied health professionals. This study presents the outcomes of a community-based interprofessional practice experience with occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant students on perceived understanding of each profession’s roles and responsibilities. In addition, this study introduces the Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) Interprofessional Actual and Perceived Knowledge Questionnaire to assess actual understanding of health professions’ roles and responsibilities. The inclusion of occupational therapy students in the interprofessional practice experience resulted in a significant increase in physical therapy and physician assistant students’ perceived understanding of occupational therapy’s scope of practice (an increase of 11.0% and 23.4%, respectively, p<0.05). Although not significant, findings from the original questionnaire demonstrated an improved understanding of occupational therapy compared to the other professions.

Biography

Dr. Wendie Leveille, OTD, OTR/L is the Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of the Master of Occupational Therapy program in the College of Health Sciences at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. She is also a dedicated faculty member of the HRSA Primary Care Training and Enhancement interprofessional integrative approach to health grant faculty team.

Dr. James Brandes, MD is the Program Director and Clinical Professor of the Physician Assistant Studies program in the College of Health Sciences at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. He is also the medical director of the HRSA Primary Care Training and Enhancement interprofessional integrative approach to health grant team.

Dr. Karene Boos, PT, JD, DPT is a Clinical Assistant Professor of the Physical Therapy program in the College of Health Sciences at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. She is also a dedicated faculty member of the HRSA Primary Care Training and Enhancement interprofessional integrative approach to health grant team.

Amy Vega, BS is the full-time Project Coordinator of the HRSA Primary Care Training and Enhancement grant in the Colleg,e of Heath Sciences at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. The grant is focused on interprofessional integrative approach to health activities in graduate and undergraduate health science programs.

Dr. Barbra Beck, PhD is the Program Director and Associate Professor of Public Health and an adjunct faculty in Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Sciences at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. She is also a dedicated faculty member of the HRSA Primary Care Training and Enhancement grant.

Barbara Ruggeri, MLIS is the Health Sciences Librarian at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI working with and teaching health professional undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Health Sciences. She is also a dedicated member of the HRSA Primary Care Training and Enhancement grant.

Thomas E. St. George, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. He is also the Project Evaluator/Statistician for the HRSA Primary Care Training and Enhancement grant.

Jane Hopp, PT, MS, PhD is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs - Partnerships and Innovation at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. She is also the Project Director and Principle Investigator of the HRSA Primary Care Training and Enhancement grant.

Declaration of Interest

The authors report no declarations of interest.

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