Continuous Quality Improvement: Evaluating Virtual and In-person Interprofessional Education Delivery (1090-004289) (Developmental Research Projects: Resuscitation, Clinical Outcomes, Cultural Fluency (By Invitation Only))
Start time: Thursday, February 4, 2021, 3:00 PM End time: Thursday, February 4, 2021, 4:00 PM Session Type: Research Study Development and Presentation Program Abstracts
The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted health professions curricula, causing the urgent need to transition interprofessional education (IPE) programs from live encounters to virtual formats. Both virtual and in-person programming is used to deliver IPE at Washington State University. The IPE curriculum is based on a framework using the IPEC core competencies1. The requirements are embedded in existing coursework with medicine, nursing, and pharmacy students completing at least one event emphasizing each domain. Our goal is to identify best-practices in IPE delivery through comparison of student learning outcomes and feedback from in-person and virtual learning experiences. Through quantitative and qualitative analysis, the researchers will identify which elements of a successful IPE program are effectively delivered through distance learning and which elements are better suited for in-person learning.
Assessment of student learning outcomes is completed via an anonymous electronic survey administered following each activity. The survey includes the SPICE-R2 tool with four additional free response questions. A mixed methods approach will be used to compare the virtual and in-person delivery modalities. Data from the post-event surveys will be compared to evaluate student perceptions with results from the historical in-person delivery used as a control. Additionally, the short answer questions will be continued to further elucidate student experiences with virtual delivery modalities. Key informant interviews with student and faculty groups will be conducted to provide detailed information on experience with the two curricular delivery methods. Post-event surveys will be analyzed using Chi-square testing. Key informant interview will be recorded and transcribed prior to coding. Qualitative analysis of the short answer survey questions and key informant interviews will be completed.
After analyzing results, the investigators will be able to identify the types of IPE learning activities that are best delivered via in-person learning and which can effectively, or even better, be delivered utilizing virtual technologies. It is anticipated that, even after students have returned to campus, virtual IPE opportunities will continue and will be expanded to meet the needs of faculty and students in our varied programs and in different campus locations.