Open Access Capstone
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
The purpose of this explanatory sequential mixed methods study is to explore if occupational therapy assistant students demonstrate increased perceived confidence and communication skills. This was completed through interprofessional interactions during a simulated lab-based case with physical therapist assistant students. The perceived confidence and communication are measured through a pre and post survey using the Interdisciplinary Education Perception Scale (IEPS). Each student completed the Interdisciplinary Education Perception Scale (IEPS) pretest prior to the event. The students underwent an educational lecture, lab demonstrations, and training for the performance of the practical application. The students participated in a simulated patient experience of a scenario pertaining to a patient in an ICU setting. Following the experience, the students completed the post-test IEPS. Statistical analysis of pre and posttest material indicated through a two tailed paired samples t-test that there was a significant difference in the mean scores demonstrated an improvement in participant perceptions of affective domain components within an interdisciplinary education program. Qualitative data was collected following the IP event in the form of a focus group with four main themes: Collaboration, building confidence and effective communication skills, during the IPE event, and student reflection of IPE.
Cindy Hayden, DHEd., OTR/L, CHT
Allen Keener, OTD, MS, OTR/L, ATP
2021 Brooke Gentry
Gentry, Brooke, "AN INTERPROFESSIONAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE WITH OCCUAPTIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT AND PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT STUDENTS THROUGH A SIMULATED EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT" (2021). Occupational Therapy Doctorate Capstone Projects. 81.
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