Introduction: Interprofessional education (IPE) is a process which gives opportunity to health care students to experience shared learning and acquire coordinated approach to patient care. Assessment of perception and willingness of the participants on interprofessional education may influence the attitudes towards collaborative practice. This paper aims to make a preliminary assessment of perspectives of Saint Louis University (SLU), Baguio City's allied health sciences students (from Medical Technology, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Radiologic Technology) toward interprofessional education.
Methods: Four hundred allied health students of SLU received a questionnaire of demographic questions and 2 commonly used tools used in IPE studies namely the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS) and Interdisciplinary dissemination perception scale (IEPS). RIPLS is a 19-item tool and IEPS is an 18-item tool that uses a 5-point Likert scale (Strongly agree (1) to Strongly disagree (5)). Both of which are used to assess the perception of the students regarding Interprofessional Education.
Results: Overall, the respondents have positive perception towards IPE. In RIPLS scoring, gender is not a factor (p=˃0.05) while course and year level are factors (p = ˂ 0.05) that significantly affect the readiness of the students for interprofessional learning. IEPS scoring on the other hand also revealed that the respondents also a positive attitude toward interprofessional cooperation though significant differences on their views maybe seen when grouped according to gender, course and year level.
Conclusion: All participants in the study recognized the importance of interprofessional education and that they are open and ready for health care education that include opportunities enabling them to develop the skills, behaviors and attitudes needed for interprofessional collaboration.