Interprofessional Facilitation Scale (IPFS)

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The following items reflect some of the facilitation behaviours which have been shown to promote interprofessional and team learning.  This exercise is designed to help you think about your own knowledge and skills in facilitating interprofessional learning.  Please rate your current ability to do the following:

1. Describe why interprofessional education is important.
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2. Explain how interprofessional collaboration can enhance patient-centered practice.
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3. Role-model positive interactions with other health professionals and how professionals can work together, for example, by working collaboratively with the co-facilitator.
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4. Create a learning environment in which the principles of interprofessional education were demonstrated or clearly explained (e.g., did not focus on one provider group; acknowledged all professionals' contributions; acknowledged, respected, celebrated diversity in group).
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5. Openly encourage participants to learn from other health providers' views, opinions, and experiences (e.g., asked questions that generated free exchange of ideas, openness, and sharing among all professions).
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6. Use learning and facilitation methods that encouraged participants from different professions to learn with, from and about each other (e.g., icebreaker games, case studies, group discussions).
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7. Invite other professions to comment and share their experiences/perspectives as questions or comments that were made in the large group.
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8. Use appropriate facilitator skills to keep discussion topics on track.
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9. Acknowledge and respect others' experiences and perceptions.
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10. Encourage members of all professions to contribute to decisions and seek opinions from others in the group during case or patient discussions and decision-making activities.
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11. Ask participants to share their professional opinions, perspectives and values relative to patient care and collaborative practice.
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12. Identify professional differences in a positive manner as participants offered their professional experiences and perceptions.
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13. Ask health professionals to indicate their profession and discuss each other's roles and responsibilities in the delivery of patient care.
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14. Listen to and acknowledge particpants' ideas without judgement or criticism.
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15. Ask questions to encourage participants to consider how they might use each other's professional skills, knowledge and experiences.
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16. Help participants work through differences in a spirit of openness and collaboration when differing opinions (e.g., led the discussion and ensured that all participants have an opportunity to express their views openly).
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17. Use effective communication skills to clarify and resolve misunderstanding and conflict.
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18. Discuss issues related to hidden power structures, hierarchies, and stereotypes that may exist among different health professionals.
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[1] Sargeant, J., Hill, T., & Breau, L. (2010). Development and testing of a scale to assess interprofessional education (IPE) facilitation skills. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 30(2), 126-31.