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Table 3 Pre-conference (Before) and Post-conference (After) Scores of Readiness for Inter-Professional Learning Scale (RIPLS)

From: The effectiveness of a shared conference experience in improving undergraduate medical and nursing students’ attitudes towards inter-professional education in an Asian country: a before and after study

Subscale 1: Teamwork & Collaboration Students
Medical (n = 281) Nursing (n = 71) Total (N = 352)
Mean (±SD) p-value Mean (±SD) p-value Mean (±SD) p-value
Before After Before After Before After
1 Learning with other students will help me become a more effective member of a health care team. 4.36 (0.49) 4.57 (0.57) <0.001 4.17 (0.53) 4.49 (0.56) <0.001 4.32 (0.51) 4.55 (0.57) <0.001
2 For small group learning to work, students need to trust and respect each other. 4.53 (0.53) 4.65 (0.56) 0.001 4.35 (0.59) 4.58 (0.53) 0.001 4.49 (0.54) 4.64 (0.55) <0.001
3 Team-working skills are essential for all health care students to learn. 4.60 (0.51) 4.67 (0.54) 0.061 4.42 (0.58) 4.63 (0.51) 0.001 4.56 (0.53) 4.66 (0.54) 0.002
4 Shared learning will help me to understand my own limitations. 4.37 (0.55) 4.56 (0.61) <0.001 4.20 (0.55) 4.51 (0.53) <0.001 4.34 (0.55) 4.55 (0.59) <0.001
5 Patients would ultimately benefit if health care students worked together to solve patient problems. 4.60 (0.51) 4.73 (0.52) 0.001 4.44 (0.56) 4.67 (0.53) 0.001 4.57 (0.52) 4.72 (0.52) <0.001
6 Shared learning with other health care students will increase my ability to understand clinical problems. 4.40 (0.53) 4.65 (0.55) <0.001 4.27 (0.56) 4.60 (0.52) <0.001 4.37 (0.53) 4.64 (0.54) <0.001
7 Learning with health care students before qualification would improve relationships after qualification. 4.44 (0.58) 4.53 (0.60) 0.025 4.23 (0.51) 4.49 (0.50) <0.001 4.39 (0.58) 4.53 (0.58) <0.001
8 Communication skills should be learned with other health care students. 4.46 (0.60) 4.59 (0.56) 0.002 4.30 (0.57) 4.55 (0.53) <0.001 4.43 (0.60) 4.58 (0.55) <0.001
9 Shared learning will help me to think positively about other professionals. 4.20 (0.61) 4.58 (0.58) <0.001 4.07 (0.49) 4.51 (0.53) <0.001 4.18 (0.59) 4.56 (0.57) <0.001
  Total (Total Score: 45) 39.95 (3.59) 41.52 (4.14) <0.001 38.41 (4.05) 41.00 (3.88) <0.001 39.64 (3.73) 41.42 (4.09) <0.001
Subscale 2: Professional Identity Students
Medical (n = 281) Nursing (n = 71) Total (N = 352)
Mean (±SD) p-value Mean (±SD) p-value Mean (±SD) p-value
Before After Before After Before After
10 Shared learning with other health care students will help me to communicate better with patients and other professionals 4.38 (0.57) 4.59 (0.55) <0.001 4.25 (0.53) 4.51 (0.50) 0.001 4.35 (0.57) 4.58 (0.54) <0.001
11 I would welcome the opportunity to work on small-group projects with other health care students 4.38 (0.56) 4.60 (0.60) <0.001 4.20 (0.58) 4.51 (0.56) <0.001 4.34 (0.57) 4.58 (0.59) <0.001
12 Shared learning will help to clarify the nature of patient problems 4.27 (0.60) 4.59 (0.57) <0.001 4.14 (0.55) 4.46 (0.53) <0.001 4.25 (0.59) 4.56 (0.57) <0.001
13 Shared learning before qualification will help me become a better team worker 4.36 (0.65) 4.60 (0.57) <0.001 4.26 (0.56) 4.44 (0.67) 0.018 4.34 (0.64) 4.57 (0.60) <0.001
14* I don't want to waste my time learning with other health care students 4.57 (0.81) 4.72 (0.74) 0.001 4.21 (1.07) 4.58 (0.89) 0.003 4.50 (0.88) 4.69 (0.77) <0.001
15* It is not beneficial for undergraduate health care students to learn together 4.53 (0.77) 4.70 (0.70) <0.001 4.21 (1.09) 4.66 (0.70) 0.001 4.47 (0.85) 4.69 (0.70) <0.001
16* Clinical problem-solving skills should only be learned with students from my own department 4.35 (0.94) 4.55 (0.79) 0.001 4.01 (1.13) 4.51 (0.84) <0.001 4.28 (0.99) 4.54 (0.80) <0.001
  Total (Total Score: 35) 30.85 (3.27) 32.34 (3.32) <0.001 29.26 (4.04) 31.64 (3.29) <0.001 30.53 (3.49) 32.20 (3.32) <0.001
Subscale 3: Roles & Responsibility Students
Medical (n = 281) Nursing (n = 71) Total (N = 352)
Mean (±SD) p-value Mean (±SD) p-value Mean (±SD) p-value
Before After Before After Before After
17* The function of nurses and therapists is mainly to provide support for doctors. 3.67 (1.05) 4.09 (0.96) <0.001 3.89 (1.04) 4.08 (0.84) 0.085 3.71 (1.05) 4.09 (0.94) <0.001
18* I'm not sure what my professional role will be. 3.56 (0.87) 3.92 (0.83) <0.001 3.70 (0.92) 4.03 (0.96) 0.007 3.59 (0.88) 3.94 (0.86) <0.001
19* I have to acquire much more knowledge and skills than other health care students 3.52 (1.09) 3.65 (1.12) 0.033 3.40 (0.95) 3.51 (1.09) 0.356 3.50 (1.07) 3.63 (1.12) 0.020
  Total (Total Score: 15) 10.74 (2.10) 11.67 (2.09) <0.001 10.97 (2.38) 11.63 (2.42) 0.015 10.79 (2.15) 11.66 (2.16) <0.001
  Total (Total Score: 95) 81.54 (7.36) 85.51 (8.08) <0.001 78.53 (8.98) 84.12 (7.76) <0.001 80.95 (7.78) 85.23 (8.03) <0.001
  1. *Indicates negatively worded items that have been reverse-scored