Measuring students perceptions of interprofessional clinical placements: Development of the interprofessional clinical placement learning environment inventory

Amanda Anderson, Robyn Patricia Cant, Kerry Lee Hood

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Pre-professional healthcare courses, including nursing, are increasingly focused on interprofessional learning and experimentation with clinical education in 'training wards'. This involves students from at least two disciplines who, under supervision, are responsible for patients' care. There is no consensus on how students' clinical learning experiences in this context are evaluated. We report the development and testing of the Interprofessional Clinical Placement Learning Environment Inventory (ICPLEI) in the Australian context. A question set was developed to measure student's perceptions of key variables in an interprofessional clinical learning environment: orientation, supervision, roles, learning and autonomy. An expert nursing panel rated items for a Content Validity Index of .93. Reliability was tested with 38 students. After a 2-week interprofessional ward placement nursing, medical and allied health students (n=38) rated their learning environment highly, with median responses 4 or 5 of five (mean total 83%). The scale was reliable with a Cronbach alpha of .80 and moderate item-to-total correlations for 22/26 items. The Interprofessional Clinical Placement Learning Environment Inventory is a reliable, feasible, fast to complete tool, suitable for use with pre-registration healthcare students in this setting. Further testing of the tool's psychometric properties is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-524
Number of pages7
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Content validity
  • Healthcare
  • Instrument development
  • Interprofessional clinical education
  • Nursing
  • Students
  • Undergraduate students
  • Validity testing

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