Research Article  |   September 2014
Interprofessional Evidence-Based Clinical Scholar Program: Learning to Work Together
Author Affiliations
  • Penelope A. Moyers, EdD, OT/L, FAOTA, is Dean of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health and the Graduate College, St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Avenue, No. 4111, St. Paul, MN 55105; pamoyers@stkate.edu
  • Patricia L. Finch Guthrie, PhD, RN, is Coordinator of Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN. At the time of the study, she was Director of Nursing Research, North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, MN
  • Alice R. Swan, DNSc, RN, is Professor Emeritus, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN. At the time of the study, she was Associate Dean, Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, St. Catherine University
  • Laurie Anderson Sathe, EdD, is Program Director, Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
Article Information
Evidence-Based Practice / Multidisciplinary Practice / Special Issue
Research Article   |   September 2014
Interprofessional Evidence-Based Clinical Scholar Program: Learning to Work Together
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2014, Vol. 68, S23-S31. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.012609
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2014, Vol. 68, S23-S31. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.012609
Abstract

St. Catherine University and North Memorial Medical Center conducted an Interprofessional Clinical Scholar Program (ICSP) involving five teams of staff, students, and faculty. The aim of the case study was to determine how the interprofessional teams implemented evidence-based projects. We triangulated data from interviews, field notes, and surveys to produce themes: learning to value interprofessional teams, working as a team, and being evidence-based practitioners. We found significant differences pre- and post-ICSP on the Attitudes Toward Interprofessional Teamwork and Education scale, t(14) = −5.48, p < .005, and the Terminology subscale of the Evidence-Based Practice Profile, t(15) = −4.04, p = .001. We found no change in scores on the Evidence-Based Practice Belief Scale, t(14) = −1.49, p = .156. The study supported predicted patterns of benefits from ICSP. Not all participants benefited because of variability in attendance.