Title

Maximizing the Impact of a Symposium to Facilitate Change in Student Attitudes About Interdisciplinary Teamwork

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Clinical Gerontologist

ISSN

0731-7115

Volume

34

Issue

5

First Page

399

412

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

Elderly patients, including those with dementia, have more complex health care needs, which may be more effectively served by interdisciplinary teams. Yet, few health care students receive interdisciplinary education. This article describes the improved outcomes of a second annual symposium for health care students on interdisciplinary care for older adults with dementia. Students (n = 109) completed a pre/post assessment using the Attitudes Toward Healthcare Teams Scale. A t-test for paired samples indicated a statistically significant increase in pre-post test scores (p < .001); we observed a larger effect size of change in student attitudes for this symposium than the first (η2 = .48). The results support the value of pedagogical changes in facilitating a greater change in student attitudes about interdisciplinary teamwork.

Publication Information

Zucchero, R. A., Hooker, E., Harland, B., Larkin, S., & Tunningley, J. (2011). Maximizing the impact of a symposium to facilitate change in student attitudes about interdisciplinary teamwork. Clinical Gerontologist, 34(5), 399-412. Doi: 10.2080/07317115.2011.588543