THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN COLLABORATIVE COMPETENCIES AND INTERPROFESSIONAL COLLABORATION AMONG PROFESSIONALS IN MATERNAL CARE
This research paper presents quantitative findings from a quantitative method study that aimed to explore the relationship between collaborative competencies and interprofessional collaboration (IPC) among healthcare professionals in maternal care setting, located in a northern region, Malaysia. Interprofessional collaboration is an important element in the delivery of the maternal care. Creating an effective and successful interprofessional relationship in this setting requires professionals to hold a set of collaborative competencies. These competencies play a role in building skills that enable professionals to collaborate and go beyond the traditional way of teamwork. This study utilized quantitative method evaluation using self-administered questionnaire instrument adapted from the Interdisciplinary Education Perception Scale (IEPS) and the Interprofessional Collaborative Competency Attainment Survey (ICCAS). The survey results were analyzed as mean (M) and standard deviation (SD) on Likert scales. The Pearson’s Correlation Coefficient was used to determine the relationship between collaborative competencies and interprofessional collaboration. The survey was administrated by hand to 572 healthcare professionals and completed by 405. The correlation between professionals’ attitudes toward collaborative competencies and interprofessional collaboration was positive. There was a statistically significant and small but definite relationship between both variables tested with β =0.343 and p = 0.00. By identifying aspects that help explain the interprofessional collaboration among professionals, the study has contributed to the policy debate, where all estimates are relevant to the policymakers.
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