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Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Sally Vliem

Second Advisor

Lisa Singleterry


Inter-professional education is a topic that is widely gaining popularity throughout the healthcare field. Because inter-professional practice in the hospital and beyond has proven its value time and time again, universities must take it upon themselves to train their healthcare students to work efficiently and communicate effectively with other disciplines in the healthcare field. Through a thorough literature review, it was demonstrated that inter-professional education studies and simulations that were performed in a range of settings have had positive effects on a variety of factors, including communication, quality of care given, and perceptions of professional roles. A study performed at Western Michigan University demonstrated the positive effect inter-professional education had on the attitudes of students towards working inter-professionally. The ultimate goal of training students inter-professionally is promoting long-term multidisciplinary teamwork, which has been proven to improve patient outcomes in a variety of ways.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access