The ISVS Outcome Measure
There is a need for psychometrically sound measures of interprofessional socialization. The Interprofessional Socialization and Valuing Scale (ISVS) is a self-report measure of willingness to work in interprofessional relationships in teams with clients. The 21-item Interprofessional Socialization and Valuing Scale (ISVS-21) is a refined measure (from a previously published 24-item measure) that can be used with both practitioners and students. Two equivalent 9-item forms (ISVS-9A and ISVS-9B) can be used for pre-post study to assess change in interprofessional socialization after interprofessional education. Healthcare practitioners or students complete the ISVS themselves.
How was the ISVS measure developed?
Items for the ISVS were based on constructs gleaned from the interprofessional socialization and teamwork literature. The items reflect 1) beliefs (changed identity with respect to being a team member, better understanding of collaborative roles and responsibilities, and the importance of a collaborative team approach); 2) attitudes (awareness of preconceived ideas and appreciation of the value of a collaborative team approach); and 3) behaviours (comfort in articulating one’s role and clarifying misconceptions about roles, and confidence and comfort in displaying particular collaborative behaviors and skills). The items for the ISVS-21 were determined using data from 354 practitioners and 341 students representing a variety of rehabilitation disciplines (King, Orchard, Khalili, & Avery, 2016).