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. 2017 Mar;31(2):140-146.
doi: 10.1080/13561820.2016.1269058.

Development and Validation of a Questionnaire to Self-Assess the Quality of Interprofessional Team Meetings in Primary and Community Healthcare

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Development and Validation of a Questionnaire to Self-Assess the Quality of Interprofessional Team Meetings in Primary and Community Healthcare

Andre Vyt. J Interprof Care. .

Abstract

In the context of a quality assurance policy, a regional network initiated a project to measure the quality of interprofessional consultation meetings. A questionnaire was evaluated on content validity by 48 stakeholders: healthcare professionals, representatives from healthcare organizations, interprofessional consultation meeting coordinators, and representatives from patient organizations. A revision resulted in two subscales (each consisting of 16 items) for assessing process and outcome aspects of interprofessional consultation meetings. After validating the instrument, it was used in a hands-on test by individuals and in a pilot series of team-based self-assessments. Responses were used to analyse reliability and consistency of the subscales and the items, and to reveal first indications of relative weaknesses and strengths in interprofessional consultation meetings. Results point out that the subscales, now part of the Interprofessional Practice and Education Quality Scales (IPEQS), can be useful for self-assessment of the quality of such meetings in primary and community healthcare, but maybe also in other areas of interprofessional collaboration.

Keywords: Consultation; interprofessional collaboration; quality measurement; questionnaire; self-assessment; validation.

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