Perspectives from Jordan about the Implementation of Interprofessional Education
Date and Time: 26 July 2023, 2:00 pm UTC
Despite the growing international movement towards advancing interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP), implementing IPECP in Jordan is still in its early stages. We have conducted various interprofessional workshops about IPE in Jordan. This presentation will focus on one interventional study that was carried out to explore health professions students’ perspectives and attitudes about IPECP.
The IPE activity was conducted among students enrolled in various health professions. Students worked in collaborative teams to discuss and develop an interprofessional care plan related to a clinical case study. Students completed the Interprofessional Attitude Scale (IPAS) before and after completing the activity as a measure of attitudes and beliefs about IPECP. Recommendations and suggestions for potential IPE plans were provided by students.
The results showed that health professions students had positive impressions towards IPE prior to the activity, which were improved after implementing the IPE activity. This was demonstrated by the significant increases in IPAS scores from pre- (median [interquartile range: IQR] score= 4.19 [0.61]) to post-activity (median [IQR]= 4.48 [0.65]), and in its subscales (teamwork, roles and responsibilities, diversity and ethics, and community-centeredness). Students’ overall experience with the IPE activity was positive and optimistic. Students were eager to find a structured incorporation of IPE within health professions curricula.
Collectively, this is one of the efforts in Jordan that highlights the importance of adopting IPE within health professions curricula. Initiatives are ongoing to establish a local IPE committee that guides the strategic employing of IPE in academic institutions to meet students’ expectations and achieve curricula outcomes.
Presenter: Dr. Osama Alshogran
Dr. Alshogran is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), and a former Assistant Dean of Pharmacy for the experiential training, acting chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at JUST, and a chair of Clinical Pharmacy Department at King Abdullah University Hospital. Currently, Dr. Alshogran is visiting Scientist at the University of Pittsburgh (USA). He holds a pharmacy background in training and received his PhD in Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Alshogran has utilized his clinical and administrative experience to develop a research interest in interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative practice. He has developed multiple workshops at JUST aiming at implementing IPE within health professions. Recently, Dr. Alshogran has published a research paper about IPE in the Journal of Interprofessional Care, and a book chapter related to the impact of IPE and collaborative practice on health outcomes.