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Attitudes of Physician Assistant Educators Toward Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care

Levy, Laura A. DHSc, PA-C; Mathieson, Kathleen PhD, CIP

The Journal of Physician Assistant Education: June 2017 - Volume 28 - Issue 2 - p 72–79
doi: 10.1097/JPA.0000000000000113
Research Article

Purpose Interprofessional education (IPE) has been shown to improve collaboration in the workforce, ultimately improving patient care. The purpose of this study was to evaluate physician assistant (PA) educators' attitudes toward IPE and interprofessional (IP) health care teams.

Methods An online survey was sent to 1198 PA educators. The survey assessed 3 domains: attitudes toward IPE, attitudes toward IP health care teams, and attitudes toward IP learning in the academic setting.

Results Most participants were involved in some form of IPE. Faculty attitudes were positive in all 3 domains but were more favorable toward IPE.

Conclusions The positive attitudes held by PA faculty members may change the way in which curricula are conceived and delivered, influencing IP collaboration of future health care providers.

Laura A. Levy, DHSc, PA-C, is program director and chair for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kathleen Mathieson PhD, CIP, is an associate professor in the Doctor of Health Sciences Program at A.T. Still University. She is also a scientist for the Still Research Institute, Mesa, Arizona.

Correspondence should be addressed to: Laura A. Levy, DHSc, PA-C, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 4170 City Avenue, Suite 207, Philadelphia, PA 19131. Telephone: (215) 871-6767; Email: imlauram@verizon.net

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Copyright © 2017 Physician Assistant Education Association
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