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  1. Keiser, Megan M. DNP, RN, CNRN, SCRN, CHSE, ACNS-BC, NP-C
  2. Turkelson, Carman DNP, RN, CCRN-K, CHSE-A
  3. Smith, Leslie M. DPT, PT, CCS, CLT
  4. Yorke, Amy M. PhD, PT, NCS


Interpersonal communication and teamwork are critical to patient safety. There is evidence supporting the effectiveness of formalized team training strategies such as simulation-based learning experiences to permit opportunities for deliberate practice and skill acquisition. However, there is a paucity of evidence examining the best method for delivery of simulation-based interprofessional education activities (Sim-IPE). The purpose of this project was to explore the effectiveness of using a Sim-IPE with a home-based patient assessment and intervention for students in undergraduate nursing, nurse practitioner, and physical therapy programs with the goal of enhancing interprofessional team communication and team performance. A mixed-methods, observational research design was used to evaluate teamwork and communication following virtual/web-based deliberate practice and a subsequent face-to-face Sim-IPE with telehealth. There were two distinct stages: (1) provision of interprofessional education elements of teamwork and communication via a virtual web-based platform to interprofessional student teams; (2) participation of all 29 student teams in a Sim-IPE activity using a standardized patient in a simulated home-based setting. Teams scored very high on an interprofessional communication and teamwork scale, and students strongly agreed that the prebriefing, scenario, and debriefing assisted in their learning. Students also valued exposure to telehealth and the ability to work with students from other health professions.