Uncovering differences among health professions trainees exposed to an interprofessional patient safety curriculum

Qual Manag Health Care. Jul-Sep 2009;18(3):182-93. doi: 10.1097/QMH.0b013e3181aea237.

Abstract

In response to the Institute of Medicine challenge to improve patient safety and quality of care, an office directing patient safety/quality of care at an academic medical center and faculty from health professions schools collaborated on design, delivery, and evaluation of an interprofessional student curriculum on patient safety, quality, and teamwork. Annually for 6 years, second-year medical students, senior baccalaureate nursing students, second-year masters in health administration students, and junior baccalaureate respiratory therapy students participated. A pre-/postsurvey assessing students' attitudes about quality, safety, and teamwork was developed and modified to reflect course revisions. Survey items were grouped into 1 of the 6 subscales: human fallibility, disclosure, teamwork/communication, error reporting, systems of care, and curricular time spent with other professionals. At pretest, there were significant professional group differences in all the 6 subscales. At completion, differences in 4 subscales were resolved with the exception of human fallibility (P < .001) and curricular time spent together (P < .001). Interprofessional exercises within our curriculum mediated most differences among student groups. As more interprofessional curricular experiences are designed, examining baseline group differences is essential to optimize learning outcomes.

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Curriculum*
  • Data Collection
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication*
  • Quality of Health Care*
  • Safety Management*