ASHA Helps Develop Assessment Instrument for Interprofessional Professionalism

December 3, 2018

(Rockville, MD) A first-of-its-kind instrument for measuring interprofessional professionalism has been developed by the Interprofessional Professionalism Collaborative (IPC), a national group that represents a dozen entry-level health professions and one medical education assessment organization. The American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is an IPC inaugural member.

The measurement instrument, the Interprofessional Professionalism Assessment (IPA), is available at It measures observable behaviors of professionalism in health care practitioners—behaviors that are essential to quality care. Altogether, the IPA contains 26 items representing six domains of professionalism: altruism and caring, excellence, ethics, respect, communication, and accountability.

The instrument was created and evaluated over several years through a comprehensive, multi-phased process, which included the development of a construct and observable behaviors, instrument design, expert review, cognitive interviews, and psychometric testing. It was tested by more than 200 preceptors who rated health profession learners in the final year of their practical training.

The development and pilot study of the instrument is covered in an article published in the Journal of Interprofessional Care titled "The Intersection of Professionalism and Interprofessional Care: Development and Initial Testing of the Interprofessional Professionalism Assessment." This article is on Taylor and Francis Online at and will be assigned to a future issue of the Journal of Interprofessional Care.

"This new evidence-based assessment instrument is unique in its development by multiple professions and it provides a much-needed behavioral assessment for use in interprofessional education and practice," according to ASHA 2018 President Elise Davis-McFarland, PhD, CCC-SLP. "There is great promise for its utility across academic and practice settings."

An IPC tool kit created to facilitate interprofessional professionalism includes the new IPA instrument along with case scenario videos, an on-demand webinar, and related materials. It is available at  

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 198,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

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