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Operating department practitioners and adult nurses: interprofessional education bedfellows or a bridge too far?
  1. Natasha Taylor,
  2. Gemma Horwood,
  3. Rosie Kneafsey
  1. Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University, Coventry, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Natasha Taylor, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK; natasha.taylor{at}


Background Interprofessional education (IPE) is well embedded in undergraduate health curricula. However, scant literature exists on which health and care disciplines, such as adult nurses and operating department practitioners (ODPs), prefer to work within simulated learning events.

Methods This study took place over a number of simulated interprofessional events, with a range of health and care disciplines students, using a variety of simulation tools. The total number of participants was: adult nurses 16 and ODPs 18.

Results An ordinal logistic regression analysis was carried out on survey data collected. The OR of ODPs choosing adult nurses as the discipline they would prefer to work with at these events was 1.994 (95% CI 1.034 to 3.334) times that of adult nurses choosing ODPs as the discipline they would prefer to work with at these events, a statistically significant effect.

Conclusions It is clear that a statistical difference in preferential choice exists, with ODPs choosing to work with adult nurses almost twice that of adult nurses choosing to work with ODPs. This supports the importance of IPE and the understanding of other professions, to improve team working across health and care organisations.

  • interprofessional education
  • operating department practitioner
  • collaboration

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  • Contributors NT: wrote ethical approval, study design and statistical analysis. NT and GH: organised the simulation events and collected data. NT, GH and RK: collaborated on the writing of the paper.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval This study was approved by Coventry University CU Ethics Application and Authorisation System (CU ETHICS), reference P69215.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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