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ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 103-107

Influence of pharmacy students on the attitudes of medical students following an interprofessional course


1 Pharmaceutics Research Center, Institute of Neuropharmacology, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
2 Herbal and Traditional Medicines Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
3 Research Center for Tropical and Infectious Disease, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Fatemeh Dabaghzadeh
Faculty of Pharmacy, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, P. O. Box: 76175.493, Haft-Bagh High-Way, Kerman
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/efh.EfH_185_16

Background: Clinical interprofessional education (IPE) can promote mutual understanding of other health professions and respectful behaviors among health-care professionals. The aims of this study were to evaluate the effects of IPE on the attitudes of medical and pharmacy students in an inpatient hospital setting and, in particular, the influence of pharmacy students on the attitudes of medical students. Methods: The 6th year doctor of pharmacy students and medical students were enrolled in a prospective cohort study. They were paired and each pair was responsible for three beds and all the patients occupying these mentioned beds over the 2-week course. The Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS) questionnaire was used to assess the students' attitudes before and after the course. Results: The attitudes of the medical students changed positively after the IPE course based on RIPLS teamwork and collaboration and professional identity subscales. Changes in the attitudes of the pharmacy students were not statistically significant based on the mentioned scale and subscales. Discussion: IPE could improve the attitudes of the medical students regarding interprofessional teamwork, communication, and sharing learning experience. Based on the current investigation, IPE did not have an effect on pharmacy students.


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