Interprofessional Evidence-Based Clinical Scholar Program: Learning to Work Together
This is a case study that examined the process that interprofessional teams used to engage in evidence-based practice during an interprofessional evidence-based practice program. Interprofessional team members, the mentors of the teams, and staff nurse clinical scholars participated in semi-structured interviews. Other data sources included field notes, observations, and surveys that focused on evidence-based practice beliefs and implementation, as well as perceptions about interprofessional practice and education. This study was supported by a grant from the Minnesota Nurses Association.
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 25.48, p < .005, and the Terminology subscale of the Evidence-Based Practice Profile, t (15)524.04, p 5 .001. We found no change in scores on the Evidence-Based Practice Belief Scale, t (14) 5 21.49, p 5 .156. The study supported predicted patterns of benefits from ICSP. Not all participants benefited because of variability in attendance.
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