Effectiveness of an Interprofessional Education Module on Care of Autistic Children in Enhancing the Interprofessional Competencies among Students of Healthcare Professions: A Study Protocol
Keywords:Autism Spectrum Disorders, Communication, Healthcare Professions, Interprofessional Competencies, Interprofessional Education, Interprofessional Practice, Students, Teamwork.
Background: Autism Spectrum Disorders are neurodevelopmental disorders that are being identified in
children in current days due to the emerging technological and healthcare advances. Most often, children
require specialized care from various healthcare practitioners by referral systems which requires parents/
caregivers to take children from one place to another. Interprofessional Practice is a collaborative approach
in professional care where healthcare providers work with people from within their own profession, with
people outside their profession and with patients and their families. The process becomes laborious when
practitioners do not appreciate the concept of Interprofessional Education. Being the future workforce,
students from health professions should learn together to have better understanding of each other’s roles
and responsibilities and learn to have effective team communication. A collaborative approach is crucial in
autism, to enable quality care for well-being and assist to provide early and comprehensive evaluation and
The objective of the study is to develop an Interprofessional Education Module on care of autistic children
for Students of Healthcare professions and evaluate its effectiveness in enhancing the Interprofessional
Competencies among them.
Method: Quantitative pre-test-post-test approach. Phase 1 - development of the Module and Assessment
Tool; Phase 2 - testing the Tool among 40 students from selected disciplines. Module and Tool will be
prepared based on review of literature, semi-structured interviews, focus group discussion and needs
assessment. Reflective summaries will document the Interprofessional Education experience of the students.
Discussion: There are no comparable method of Interprofessional Education for care of children with
autism, therefore, appraisal by experts will be considered as a critical step in validating the module and tool.
Descriptive and Inferential Statistics will be used for analysis.
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