The Nebraska interprofessional education attitudes scale: A new instrument for assessing the attitudes of health professions students

Gary L. Beck Dallaghan, Elizabeth Lyden, Jane Meza, Hugh Stoddard, Catherine Bevil, Dean Collier, Margaret Winnicki, Devin Nickol

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Background: Interprofessional education (IPE) for health professions students can facilitate collaboration. Previous instruments to measure student attitudes about IPE were reported to lack psychometric and validity evidence. Methods: The Nebraska Interprofessional Education Attitude Scale (NIPEAS) was developed to measure the attitudes of pre-clinical learners to practicing health professionals. The 19 item questionnaire was administered in 2012 to 370 students, in 2013 to 280 faculty, and in 2015 to 353 students. Results: An exploratory factor analysis found that NIPEAS items loaded onto four factors: "Team approach to health care," "Receptivity to teammates," "Self-efficacy as a team member" and "Ethics in health care." Confirmatory factor analysis suggested that the four-factor model for NIPEAS provided an adequate fit to the data. Conclusions: The attitude scales in NIPEAS were derived from the IPEC competencies. NIPEAS appears to be useful for measuring attitudes about interprofessional collaboration of pre-service health professions students and health care providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Education and Practice
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016



  • Attitudes
  • Interprofessional education

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  • Education

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