Perceptions of Teamwork and Interprofessional Education in Undergraduate Pharmacy Students


  • Shannon Del Bigio University of Saskatchewan
  • Stephanie Mulhall University of Saskatchewan
  • Yvonne Shevchuk University of Saskatchewan
  • Holly Mansell University of Saskatchewan


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


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. 

Author Biographies

Shannon Del Bigio, University of Saskatchewan

BSP candidate, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition

Stephanie Mulhall, University of Saskatchewan

Coordinator of Assessment and Evaluation, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition

Yvonne Shevchuk, University of Saskatchewan

Professor and Associate Dean Academic, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition

Holly Mansell, University of Saskatchewan

Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan


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