The Development of an Instrument for Measuring Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Competency of Health Sciences Students
Keywords:Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Competency; Health Science Students
Different interprofessional frameworks have been developed. To evaluate students’ collaborative
practice competency correctly, it is necessary to find a reliable, suitable, and valid instrument. This
study aimed to develop a tool to measure interprofessional collaborative practice competency of Thai
health sciences Students. This research and development were divided into 5 phases: 1) Studying core
competency and behavioral indicators; 2) examining content validity of the behavioral indicators;
3) creating a competency measurement tool and determining scoring criteria; 4) testing the tool and
checking its reliability, and 5) assessing interprofessional collaborative practice competency of health
The results showed that the interprofessional collaborative practice competency consisted of 6 key
components: 1) patient-centered care, 2) role clarification, 3) team functioning, 4) collaborative leadership,
5) learning and reflection, and 6) knowledge. There were 30 behavioral indicators with the index of
item-objective congruence (IOC) between 0.6-1.00 and the content validity index (CVI) of 0.92. The
reliability of the whole tool was 0.93 and each aspect was 0.76, 0.77, 0.75, 0.79, 0.81, 0.77, respectively.
The tool was able to classify the competency of health science students between those who had and did
not have experience in participating in interprofessional teaching programs. The psychometric analysis
of this tool supported its value in measuring the interprofessional collaborative practice competency
of Thai health science students. As this study was a cross-sectional study, further assessment for the interprofessional collaborative practice competency among Thai health science students with the longitudinal design is needed.
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