Promoting Hearing Health Collaboration Through an Interprofessional Education Experience Purpose To enhance audiology and physician assistant (PA) student appreciation for collaboration/team-based care through an interprofessional educational activity focused on hearing assessments. Method A total of 18 students from Louisiana State University Health–New Orleans's audiology and PA programs participated in an optional interprofessional education learning opportunity, which included ... Research Note
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Promoting Hearing Health Collaboration Through an Interprofessional Education Experience
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jerald James
    Audiology Program, Department of Communication Disorders, School of Allied Health Professions, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center–New Orleans
  • Rachel Chappell
    Physician Assistant Studies Program, School of Allied Health Professions, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center–New Orleans
  • Donald E. Mercante
    School of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center–New Orleans
  • Tina Patel Gunaldo
    Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center–New Orleans
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Tina Patel Gunaldo: tgunal@lsuhsc.edu
  • Editor-in-Chief: Sumitrajit (Sumit) Dhar
    Editor-in-Chief: Sumitrajit (Sumit) Dhar×
  • Editor: Ann Eddins
    Editor: Ann Eddins×
Article Information
Professional Issues & Training / Newly Published / Research Note
Research Note   |   October 26, 2017
Promoting Hearing Health Collaboration Through an Interprofessional Education Experience
American Journal of Audiology, Newly Published. doi:10.1044/2017_AJA-17-0040
History: Received June 8, 2017 , Revised June 8, 2017 , Accepted July 8, 2017
 
American Journal of Audiology, Newly Published. doi:10.1044/2017_AJA-17-0040
History: Received June 8, 2017; Revised June 8, 2017; Accepted July 8, 2017

Purpose To enhance audiology and physician assistant (PA) student appreciation for collaboration/team-based care through an interprofessional educational activity focused on hearing assessments.

Method A total of 18 students from Louisiana State University Health–New Orleans's audiology and PA programs participated in an optional interprofessional education learning opportunity, which included a demonstration of hearing assessments. To assess student perspectives regarding interprofessional learning, the students completed pre- and post-surveys.

Results Eighteen students completed a survey, including 5 questions using a Likert scale and 1 open-ended question. Both audiology and PA students demonstrated significant statistical improvement in 2 interprofessional competencies: roles/responsibilities and interprofessional communication. Students also reported increased awareness and knowledge in the skills of the opposite professions as related to hearing assessments.

Conclusion Integrating interprofessional education experiences within an audiology program promotes collaborative practice patterns and supports new educational accreditation standards.

Supplemental Material https://doi.org/10.23641/asha.5491669

Acknowledgments
Supported in part by 1 U54 GM104940 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, which funds the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. Robert Moore assisted in the development and coordination of the IPE activity.
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