iPEPS - Applying interprofessional Team-Based Learning in patient safety: a pilot evaluation study



iPEPS - Applying interprofessional Team-Based Learning in patient safety: a pilot evaluation study.


Dietmar Ausserhofer

Lukas Lochner


Lukas Lochner, Claudiana - College of Healthcare Professions

Sandra Girardi, South Tyrolean Health Trust, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy

Alessandra Pavcovich, South Tyrolean Health Trust, Bolzano, Italy

Horand Meier, Ministry of Health, Clinical Governance, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy

Franco Mantovan, Claudiana - College of Healthcare Professions

Dietmar Ausserhofer, Institute of Nursing Science, University of Basel, Switzerland








Interprofessional education (IPE) interventions are not always successful in achieving learning outcomes. Team-Based Learning (TBL) would appear to be a suitable pedagogical method for IPE, as it focuses on team performance; however, little is known about interprofessional TBL as an instructional framework for patient safety.


A three-day course for Claudiana-students to give instruction on non-technical skills related to 'learning from errors' will be developed at Claudiana (iPEPS course). The evaluation will (1) describe participants’ reactions to TBL, (2) observe their achievement with respect to interprofessional education learning objectives, and (3) document their attitudinal shifts with regard to patient safety behaviours.


The evaluation will take place within a quasi-experimental pre-test-post-test study design. Participants complete self-assessments through valid and reliable instruments. Data will be analysed using descriptive (i.e. mean, standard deviation), parametric (i.e. paired t-test), and non-parametric (i.e. Wilcoxon signed-rank test) methods.

Erwarteter Nutzen/Relevanz

The findings are expected to indicate whether interprofessional TBL constitutes a promising pedagogical method to achieve patient safety learning objectives. The gained empirical knowledge can be used to develop other interprofessional TBL initiatives at Claudiana.