Development and initial validation of the interprofessional team learning profiling questionnaire

Gillian Nisbet, Stewart Dunn, Michelle Lincoln, Joanne Shaw

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Abstract

Informal workplace interprofessional learning occurs as health professionals interact with each other as part of everyday work practice. Participation in interprofessional team meetings is a practical way to foster learning. However, a gap exists in the availability of a reliable and valid instrument that adequately captures the nuances of informal workplace interprofessional learning in this setting. The purpose of this study was to develop a questionnaire to measure the different components of interprofessional learning that contribute to the quality of interprofessional learning within the interprofessional team meeting. Questionnaire items were developed from a review of the literature and interviews with health professionals. Exploratory factor analysis was used to determine the underlying factor structure. Two hundred and eighty-five health professionals completed a 98-item questionnaire. After elimination of unreliable items, the remaining items (n = 41) loaded onto four factors named personal and professional capacity; turning words into action—“walk the talk”; the rhetoric of interprofessional learning—“talk the talk”; and inclusiveness. Internal consistency was high for all sub-scales (Cronbach’s alpha 0.91, 0.87, 0.83, and 0.83, respectively). Content, construct, and concurrent validity were assessed. The instrument developed in this study indicated consistency and robust psychometric properties. Future studies that further test the psychometric properties of the questionnaire will help to establish the usefulness of this measure in establishing evidence for the perceived effectiveness of interprofessional learning in a healthcare setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-287
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2016
Externally publishedYes

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