Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine whether interprofessional health fairs have a significant impact on the interprofessional education of students in health care disciplines.
Methods: An optional survey was administered to students participating in the health fairs in 2021 and 2022. The survey utilized four retrospective pre and post ICCAS assessment questions to address IPEC core competencies and two open ended questions to provide feedback about the health fair and report anything new learned from or about another health care discipline. The self-assessment questions were reported on a 5-point Likert scale and recorded in aggregate for both the 2021 and 2022 health fairs.
Results: A total of 56 students completed the survey in 2021, and 44 students completed the survey in 2022. Based on answers to the four ICCAS questions related to IPE skills and abilities, an average of 79.5% of students in 2021 and 85.8% of students participating reported a positive (agreed or strongly agree) perception of their skills before the health fair. Following the health fair, an average of 94.2% of students in 2021 and 91.5% of students in 2022 responded positively to the post-event ICCAS questions. A statistically significant difference was found for the 2021 data and the two years combined, but no significant difference was found for the 2022 data.
Conclusion: Interprofessional health fairs offer an enjoyable and effective learning environment for students while also providing valuable services to the community.
Holloway, C., Barbo, A., Donald, B., & Kim, M. (2023). Interprofessional Health Fairs: An Effective Tool for Interprofessional Education?. Journal of Interprofessional Practice and Collaboration, 4(1). Retrieved from https://repository.ulm.edu/ojihp/vol4/iss1/8