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Preliminary testing of psychometric properties of the ‘student perceptions of veterinary interprofessional education and work scale’ (SP-VIEWS)

Kinnison, Tierney; Lumbis, Rachel; de Mestre, Amanda; Cardwell, Jacqueline M

Authors

Tierney Kinnison

Rachel Lumbis

Amanda de Mestre

Jacqueline M Cardwell



Abstract

Responsibility for the provision of veterinary care and services is increasingly shared between veterinary surgeons/veterinarians and registered veterinary nurses/veterinary technicians. Interprofessional education of these clinical professionals is not widespread but is growing. Understanding students’ perceptions of veterinary interprofessional education and working is therefore important; however, no validated scale exists to assess this. This study aimed to create and test the psychometric properties of a ‘Student perceptions of veterinary interprofessional education and work scale’ (SP-VIEW). A scale was built using scales previously validated in other contexts, plus statements informed by veterinary interprofessional research, and sent to veterinary and veterinary nursing students at six UK institutions. Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) on a randomly-selected half of the responses (n=260) suggested a model with 16 items grouped within three factors: ‘Benefits of learning with the other profession’, ‘Leadership and speaking up’ and ‘Teams and benefits of teamwork’. Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) on the remaining 260 responses demonstrated appropriate fit based on conventional parameters such as goodness of fit index. Overall internal consistency was good (Cronbach’s alpha 0.82). CFA demonstrated that SP-VIEWS showed adequate, though not excellent, fit to the data. Future research should evaluate SP-VIEWS in other universities and countries

Citation

Kinnison, T., Lumbis, R., de Mestre, A., & Cardwell, J. M. (in press). Preliminary testing of psychometric properties of the ‘student perceptions of veterinary interprofessional education and work scale’ (SP-VIEWS). Journal of Interprofessional Care,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 10, 2021
Deposit Date Mar 18, 2021
Print ISSN 1356-1820
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Public URL https://rvc-repository.worktribe.com/output/1446279