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Little is known about how collaborative curricular activities can help students learn about scientific evidence in occupational therapy (OT) and occupational therapy assistant (OTA) programs. We created and measured collaborative learning in evidence-based practice activities to enhance partnership building and intraprofessional collaboration among students in OT and OTA programs. Thirty-three OT students and 26 OTA students enrolled in a didactic course (Phase I) and an intraprofessional collaborative learning activity (Phase II) participated in this quasi-experimental repeated measure study. The students’ ability of how to read scholarly articles and their perceived importance and perceived ability to engage in intraprofessional collaboration were examined at three time points. Improvements were found in the OT students’ perceived importance of intraprofessional roles/responsibilities and the OTA students’ perceived ability to engage in intraprofessional communication after completing the Phase I didactic course. Both the OT and OTA students’ perceived ability to work as a team, identify their roles/responsibilities, communicate with peers, and their ability to read scholarly articles improved after the Phase II intraprofessional collaboration. Students valued the opportunity to gain collaboration experience and share different perspectives. They indicated they would have preferred to spend more time on the activities. The findings suggest that targeted learning activities can improve OT and OTA students’ ability to engage in evidence-based practice and their perceived importance and ability to engage in intraprofessional collaboration. Effective partnerships and intraprofessional collaboration are best introduced within academic programs.
Chia-Wei Fan, PhD, OTR/L is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at AdventHealth University.
Hsin-Hsiung Huang, PhD is an associate professor and the Undergraduate Coordinator in the Department of Statistics and Data Science at University of Central Florida .
Vicki Case, MS, Ed, OTR/L is an associate professor and OTA program director in the Department of Occupational Therapy at AdventHealth University.
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Fan, C., Huang, H., & Case, V. (2021). Intraprofessional Collaboration in Learning Evidence-Based Practice. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 5 (3). https://doi.org/10.26681/jote.2021.050308
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