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Enabling worldwide research on interprofessional identity: Lithuanian translation and psychometric evaluation of an interprofessional identity scale: EPIS-LT

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Jan-Jaap Reinders ,

Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, LT
About Jan-Jaap
Dr. Jan-Jaap Reinders is interested in interprofessional identity from a psychological point of view complementary to professional identity. His second research focus is the sociotechnical systems approach of interprofessional collaboration. He is a work and organizational psychologist engaged in research and interprofessional education at the University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen and Hanze UAS in the Dutch city of Groningen. Dr. Reinders is also Principal Investigator of the Lithuanian Research Group on Interprofessional Identity and Collaboration at Kaunas UAS. He is a copromotor of several PhD candidates, IPE coordinator, and member of several IPE committees. Since 2021 he is association board member of Interprofessional.Global.
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Rasa Tamulienė,

Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, LT
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Viktorija Piščalkienė,

Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, LT
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Wim P. Krijnen,

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, NL
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Lijana Navickienė,

Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, LT
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Dainė Krasuckienė

Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, LT
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Abstract

INTRODUCTION A shared identity is associated with effective teamwork. Therefore, interprofessional identity is likely to be associated with interprofessional collaboration. However, interprofessional identity has hardly been investigated. National but also cross-cultural research on interprofessional identity can be enabled when such a construct can be measured in several countries. One psychological theory, extended professional identity theory (EPIT), describes interprofessional identity as an identification with a wider circle of group membership. Recently, an interprofessional identity measure was published based on EPIT, extended professional identity scale (EPIS). The purpose of this study is to find additional evidence for EPIT by developing a Lithuanian version of EPIS (EPIS-LT) and to confirm its construct validity. In addition, to explore whether interprofessional identities are similar across different disciplines. METHODS Face and content validity were confirmed through the translation process. A confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was conducted with 554 responses of students and practitioners of eight disciplines. Differences were analyzed with ANOVA. RESULTS Value of all goodness-of-fit indexes met their standard. Factor loadings of CFA ranged from 0.49 to 0.61. Internal consistency of subscales was 0.76, 0.79 and 0.84 respectively and the overall scale 0.87 (95% confidence interval: 0.86, 0.89). Interprofessional identities did not differ between disciplines with exception of pharmacy and dietetics. DISCUSSION Findings provide additional evidence for EPIT. The EPIS-LT is a reliable and valid instrument similar to the original EPIS. Interprofessional identity can differ between disciplines. Additional research across different countries can reveal whether this is the same in other countries.
How to Cite: Reinders, J.-J., Tamulienė, R., Piščalkienė, V., Krijnen, W.P., Navickienė, L. and Krasuckienė, D., 2022. Enabling worldwide research on interprofessional identity: Lithuanian translation and psychometric evaluation of an interprofessional identity scale: EPIS-LT. Health, Interprofessional Practice and Education, 4(3), p.eP2196. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7710/2641-1148.2196
Published on 19 Apr 2022.
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