An interprofessional learning module on asthma health promotion

Bandana Saini, Smita Shah, Phoebe Kearey, Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich, John Grootjans, Carol Armour

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Objective. To develop, implement, and evaluate a new interprofessional learning module that focused on asthma health promotion called Taking Action Together for Asthma.

Design. Faculty members in medicine, nursing, and pharmacy courses recruited 10 students each to participate in a 3-day interprofessional learning module. Students received extensive materials including a workbook to document their expectations and experience; completed a 1-day interprofessional workshop; received training in the Triple A (Adolescent Asthma Action) program; and went into high schools and taught the Triple A program to students in interprofessional teams.

Assessment. Before and after participating in the module, students completed a questionnaire consisting of 3 previously validated instruments: the Asthma Knowledge for Health Professionals Scale, Attitudes Toward Health Care Teams Scale, and Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS). Seventeen students completed both the pre- and post-module scales and significant changes were seen only in means scores for the Attitude Toward Healthcare Teams (81.0 ± 4.7 to 85.2 ± 5.9) and the Teamwork and Collaboration subscale of the RIPLS (41.4 ± 2.7 to 43.2 ± 2.7).

Conclusion. Health promotion activities offer a viable mechanism for fostering interprofessional learning among health professions students.
Original languageEnglish
Article number30
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • interprofessional learning
  • health professionals
  • teamwork
  • asthma


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