Perceptions of Teamwork and Interprofessional Education in Undergraduate Pharmacy Students

Shannon Del Bigio, Stephanie Mulhall, Yvonne Shevchuk, Holly Mansell


Background: Interprofessional education (IPE) is a mandatory component of accredited pharmacy programs in North America, yet little is known about pharmacy students’ perceptions.

Objective: To survey pharmacy students and characterise their attitudes and interest toward IPE, and identify variables associated with positive perceptions of teamwork.

Methods: 88.9% of pharmacy students (n=311) in one Canadian university completed a survey consisting of the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS) and additional questions assessing student’s skills, knowledge, and interest in collaboration in September 2015. Descriptive and univariate statistics were calculated between demographic variables and survey scores to identify associations.

Results: Reported interest in future interprofessional collaborative training was 94.2%. Mean rank total RIPLS scores were significantly higher in females (p=0.000) and inversely correlated to year of pharmacy, declining by an average of 23 RIPLS points with each year (p=0.000).

Conclusion: Pharmacy students are interested in IPE, but their interest but declines with year of study. 


interprofessional education, teamwork, pharmacy students, attitudes, females, gender

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