Wesley College Chair and Director of Graduate Programs in Occupational Therapy Varleisha Gibbs co-authored an article published in Health and Interprofessional Practice on Jan. 23.

The journal is a peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to increasing the availability of high-quality evidence to inform patient care and practitioner education from an interprofessional perspective. HIP is aimed at academics, practitioners and student-practitioners who seek to become more knowledgeable and skilled at working with providers in other health disciplines for the purpose of providing compassionate, quality, integrated care to diverse patient populations.

The article, “An Innovative Interprofessional Simulation: Preparing Students to Tackle the Challenge of Care Transitions,” demonstrates the effectiveness of a one-day workshop to improve interprofessional skills in healthcare students, focusing mainly on the increases of verbal and written communication during the Transition of Care of a standardized patient. Improvements were noticed in nine of 14 areas measured by the Attitudes Toward Healthcare Teams Scale.

Lora Packel, of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, was the principal author with Gibbs co-authoring the publication alongside Cathy Poon and Diana E. Hardley of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Heather Klusaritz and Caroline Lloyd Dougherty of the University of Pennsylvania and Matthew Kearney.