The readiness for interprofessional learning scale: a possible more stable sub-scale for the original version of RIPLS.

A. K. McFadyen, V. Webster, K. Strachan, E. Figgins, H. Brown, J. McKechnie

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Abstract

The original version of the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS) was published by Parsell and Bligh ([]). Three sub-scales with acceptable or high internal consistencies were suggested, however two publications suggested different sub-scales. An investigation into how to improve the reliability for use of the RIPLS instrument with undergraduate health-care students commenced. Content analysis on the original 19 items involving experienced health-care staff resulted in four sub-scales. These sub-scales were then used to formulate a possible model within a structural equation model. The goodness of fit was assessed using a sample (n = 308) of new first year undergraduate students from 8 different health and social care programmes. The same data was fitted to each of the two original sub-scale models suggested by Parsell and Bligh ([]) and the results compared. The fit of the new four sub-scale model appears superior to either of the original models. The new four factor model was then tested on subsequent data (n = 247) obtained from the same students at the end of their first year. The fit was seen to be even better at the end of the academic year.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-603
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

Keywords

  • interprofessional learning
  • RIPLS
  • structural equation modelling
  • confirmatory factor analysis

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