Student views of interprofessional education facilitator competencies: A cross-sectional study

Matthew J. Kerry, Brigitta Spiegel-Steinmann, Markus Melloh, Andrea Tamas, Julia Dratva, Emanuel Feusi, Marion Huber

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Research attention has been paid to providing evidence on undergraduate/pre-licensure health sciences students’ interprofessional education competency requirements, placements, and attainment. Although interprofessional facilitator training has been identified as critical to interprofessional learner outcomes, scant research has examined student perceptions of valued facilitator competencies. This short report investigates students’ views of important attributes for interprofessional facilitation using a cross-sectional observation-survey design. A survey was conducted in a pre-licensure sample of n = 343 students (response rate 68%) from four health professions (nursing, midwifery, physical therapy, and occupational therapy). After completing a semester-long interprofessional education course, students completed a survey vis-à-vis rating the importance of interprofessional facilitator competency with regard to 25 abilities, 12 teacher profiles, and 10 characteristics. Taken together, results indicate the need for a multifaceted view of interprofessional facilitator competencies. Our findings will inform training targeted to specific facilitator competencies, as needed for optimizing the delivery of interprofessional education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-152
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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