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Moderating the stereotypical views of health and social care students: the role of interprofessional education

Moderating the stereotypical views of health and social care students: the role of interprofessional education
Moderating the stereotypical views of health and social care students: the role of interprofessional education
The potential of interprofessional education (IPE) to influence the perceptions and attitudes of health and social care professionals towards their colleagues in other disciplines is well recognized. However, empirical evidence for the positive impact of IPE on stereotypical beliefs has been limited. We report the findings of a pioneering, large scale study designed to assess the influence of IPE on these beliefs. A pre-test, post-test, quasi experimental design compared students' stereotypical views at the beginning and end of undergraduate studies. 580 students from 10 health and social care professional groups undertook assessed IPE modules over 3 years (the intervention group). Baseline and post-course stereotype ratings were compared with those of 672 students in a comparison group, not exposed to IPE modules. Baseline stereotype profiles showed clear variations in the way different professions were perceived, indicating stereotypical beliefs about the characteristics of each profession. Rating patterns were similar for intervention and comparison groups. At graduation, only minor changes were observed in the overall rating patterns for both groups. However, more ratings had decreased in the intervention group than the comparison group, suggesting that IPE may play a role in moderating more extreme stereotyping of colleagues in other professions.
health and social care, interprofessional education, pre-qualifying/pre-licensure, professional stereotypes
34-40
Foster, Rebecca
Macleod Clark, Jill
3546dbbb-5ae9-4247-a520-58860d492e2f
Foster, Rebecca
Macleod Clark, Jill
3546dbbb-5ae9-4247-a520-58860d492e2f

Foster, Rebecca and Macleod Clark, Jill (2015) Moderating the stereotypical views of health and social care students: the role of interprofessional education. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29 (1), 34-40. (doi:10.3109/13561820.2014.936059). (PMID:25006869)

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Abstract

The potential of interprofessional education (IPE) to influence the perceptions and attitudes of health and social care professionals towards their colleagues in other disciplines is well recognized. However, empirical evidence for the positive impact of IPE on stereotypical beliefs has been limited. We report the findings of a pioneering, large scale study designed to assess the influence of IPE on these beliefs. A pre-test, post-test, quasi experimental design compared students' stereotypical views at the beginning and end of undergraduate studies. 580 students from 10 health and social care professional groups undertook assessed IPE modules over 3 years (the intervention group). Baseline and post-course stereotype ratings were compared with those of 672 students in a comparison group, not exposed to IPE modules. Baseline stereotype profiles showed clear variations in the way different professions were perceived, indicating stereotypical beliefs about the characteristics of each profession. Rating patterns were similar for intervention and comparison groups. At graduation, only minor changes were observed in the overall rating patterns for both groups. However, more ratings had decreased in the intervention group than the comparison group, suggesting that IPE may play a role in moderating more extreme stereotyping of colleagues in other professions.

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Accepted/In Press date: 15 June 2014
e-pub ahead of print date: 9 July 2014
Published date: January 2015
Keywords: health and social care, interprofessional education, pre-qualifying/pre-licensure, professional stereotypes
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 379743
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/379743
PURE UUID: efa8eba8-5b86-4dbd-bf46-4b86ce2a82c2

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Date deposited: 18 Aug 2015 10:48
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 07:46

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