2021, Cilt 8, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 051-057
Health Science Students’ Readiness for Interprofessional Education and Affecting Factors
Kevser ÖZATA1, Şenay SARMASOĞLU KILIKÇIER2
1Res. Assist. Hacettepe University Nursing Faculty, Fundamentals of Nursing Department, Ankara, Turkey
2Assist. Prof. Hacettepe University Nursing Faculty, Fundamentals of Nursing Department, Ankara, Turkey
Keywords: Health care, interdisciplinary, interprofessional education, multidisciplinary, student

Aim: The aim of this study is to determine health sciences students’ readiness for interprofessional education and affecting factors.

Material and Methods: The design of this study is descriptive and comparative. The study sample consisted of 561 students from 11 departments [Nutrition and Dietetics, Child Development, Speech and Language Therapy, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Nursing, Audiology, and Medicine (Turkish/English)] of a public university in Ankara. The data were collected with the Socio-demographic Questionnaire and the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale. Numbers, percentage, mean, median, t-test, Mann-Whitney U, and Kruskal-Wallis tests were used for data analyses.

Results: The students had a median (min.-max.) Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale score of 73.0 (30-95). Students’ readiness for interprofessional education significantly differed by department (p<0.01), mother's education level (p<0.01), willingness to take classes with students from other departments (p<0.01), and previous hospitalization (p=0.04).

Conclusion: Health science students’ readiness for interprofessional education was high. The readiness of students was affected by departments and some socio-demographic characteristics of students. Further qualitative and mixed-method research should be conducted to provide more in-depth insight into the reasons for these effects.