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The purpose of this study was to establish the test/re-test reliability of two interprofessional education (IPE) instruments, the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS) and the Interdisciplinary Education Perception Scale (IEPS) among occupational therapy (OT) graduate students. The intent was to compare results based on previous IPE experience and year in the program. The RIPLS and IEPS were distributed to 111 OT students at one university. Both instruments were distributed a second time 10-14 days later. Cronbach’s alpha, weighted Kappas, intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC), standard error of measurement, and minimal detectable change were calculated for each instrument. Assessments occurred for all subjects, between students with and without previous IPE experience, and first and second-year students in the program. Overall and between group composite score reliability for the RIPLS and IEPS were fair to excellent (ICC≥0.72). RIPLS subscale ICC’s were variable per previous IPE experience and year in program, ranging from fair-excellent (ICC=0.45-0.93). IEPS subscale ICC’s were excellent for second-year students (ICC≥0.79), and fair-excellent for students with or without previous experience and first-year students (ICC=0.50-0.84). There were no differences for the RIPLS within or between sessions or groups. First-year students had significantly higher scores compared to second-year students within sessions for the IEPS composite score, Competency and Autonomy subscale, and Perception of Actual Cooperation subscale (p≤0.035). Both instruments have acceptable test-re-test reliability; however, previous IPE experience and year in program should be accounted for when distributing the instruments and interpreting the results.


Leah Shea Simpkins, OTD, OTR/L, CPAM, CDP

Leah is an assistant professor at Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Leah is a licensed occupational therapist, holding dementia provider certification who instructs students at geriatric fieldwork placements, management courses, and online courses. Research and publications focus on interprofessional education, aging-in-place, and therapy animals.

Aaron Sciascia, PhD, ATC, PES, SMTC

Aaron is an associate professor at Eastern Kentucky University for the CAATE-accredited athletic training education program. He is a Fellow within the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists and an Affiliate Member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.

Casey Humphrey, OTD, MHA, OTR/L, CBIS, CDRS

Casey is an assistant professor for the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University. She is a licensed occupational therapist with expertise in brain injury rehabilitation, driving rehabilitation, and health administration. Her research interests and publications focus on Parkinson’s Disease rehabilitation and interprofessional education.

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