Hearing health collaboration (James et al., 2017)

<div><b>Purpose: </b>To enhance audiology and physician assistant (PA) student appreciation for collaboration/team-based care through an interprofessional educational activity focused on hearing assessments.</div><div><b>Method: </b>A total of 18 students from Louisiana State University Health–New Orleans’s audiology and PA programs participated in an optional interprofessional education learning opportunity, which included a demonstration of hearing assessments. To assess student perspectives regarding interprofessional learning, the students completed pre- and post-surveys.</div><div><b>Results: </b>Eighteen students completed a survey, including 5 questions using a Likert scale and 1 open-ended question. Both audiology and PA students demonstrated significant statistical improvement in 2 interprofessional competencies: roles/responsibilities and interprofessional communication. Students also reported increased awareness and knowledge in the skills of the opposite professions as related to hearing assessments.</div><div><b>Conclusion: </b>Integrating interprofessional education experiences within an audiology program promotes collaborative practice patterns and supports new educational accreditation standards.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Supplemental Material S1.</b> The interprofessional education session document outlining information regarding the case, time schedule, learning objectives, demonstration activities, and stimulus questions.</div><div><br></div><div>James, J., Chappell, R., Mercante, D. E., & Gunaldo, T. P. (2017). Promoting hearing health collaboration through an interprofessional education experience. <i>American Journal of Audiology.</i> Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_AJA-17-0040</div>