Interprofessional Team Reasoning Framework as a Tool for Case Study Analysis with Health Professions Students: A Randomized Study


  • Kathleen Packard Creighton University
  • Hardeep Chelal Creighton University
  • Anna Maio Creighton University
  • Joy Doll Creighton University
  • Jennifer Furze Creighton University
  • Kathryn Huggett Creighton University
  • Gail Jensen Creighton University
  • Diane Jorgensen Creighton University
  • Marlene Wilken Creighton University
  • Yongyue Qi Creighton University



Randomized study, Interprofessional education, Teamwork, Interprofessional, Case studies, Interdisciplinary, Team


Background: This pilot study evaluated the efficacy of the Interprofessional Team Reasoning Framework (IPTRF) to facilitate teaching and learning case studies with health professions students.

Methods and Findings: Eighteen interprofessional students were randomized to teams of six and were videotaped while completing a case. Team 1 (control) received only the case; team 2 received the case plus framework; and team 3 received the case, framework, and was shown videotaped examples of interprofessional interactions. The primary endpoint was students’ perceptions of interprofessional skills as measured pre and post intervention using a modified Team Skills Scale. The secondary endpoint was student performance as assessed by blinded individuals using a standardized rubric. The results revealed that students’ perceptions of team skills were significantly improved in team 2 and team 3 but not team 1. Students’ performance of their case as assessed by blinded faculty was significantly better in team 3 compared with teams 1 and 2.

Conclusions: In this study of six disciplines, the IPTRF, in combination with modeled examples of interprofessional communication, was an effective tool to teach skills necessary to workup a patient case, which included collaboration, communication, and values/ethics. As the landscape of interprofessional education evolves, tools like the IPTRF will facilitate incorporation of these skills into health professions education.






Articles: Empirical Research