Adaptation and reliability of the Readiness for Inter professional Learning Scale in a Danish student and health professional setting

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Background: Shared learning activities aim to enhance the collaborative skills of health students and professionals in relation to both colleagues and patients. The Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale is used to assess such skills. The aim of this study was to validate a Danish four-subscale version of the RIPLS in a sample of 370 health-care students and 200 health professionals. Methods: The questionnaire was translated following a two-step process, including forward and backward translations, and a pilot test. A test of internal consistency and a test-retest of reliability were performed using a web-based questionnaire. Results: The questionnaire was completed by 370 health care students and 200 health professionals (test) whereas the retest was completed by 203 health professionals. A full data set of first-time responses was generated from the 570 students and professionals at baseline (test). Good internal association was found between items in Positive Professional Identity (Q13-Q16), with factor loadings between 0.61 and 0.72. The confirmatory factor analyses revealed 11 items with factor loadings above 0.50, 18 below 0.50, and no items below 0.20. Weighted kappa values were between 0.20 and 0.40, 16 items with values between 0.40 and 0.60, and six items between 0.60 and 0.80; all showing p-values below 0.001. Conclusion: Strong internal consistency was found for both populations. The Danish RIPLS proved a stable and reliable instrument for the Teamwork and Collaboration, Negative Professional Identity, and Positive Professional Identity subscales, while the Roles and Responsibility subscale showed some limitations. The reason behind these limitations is unclear.

Original languageEnglish
Article number60
JournalBMC Medical Education
Pages (from-to)1-9
Publication statusPublished - 16. Feb 2016


  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Denmark
  • Educational Measurement/methods
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Health Occupations/education
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Studies/standards
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Care Team/organization & administration
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Students, Health Occupations/psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Translations
  • Young Adult

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