Background: Protocols instituted for behavioral treatment and skills training programs for the management of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) suffer from lack of collaborative approaches. The tenets of interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) focus on preparing a panel of health care professionals (HCPs) from different professions who can work together to enable the common goal of ensuring that children with ASD can participate in society. This study was designed to pilot this approach through an IPCP training module on ASD for care providers from multiple professions. Methods: An interventional study with pre-post analysis began with formation of the interprofessional (IP) team, who developed an IPCP module, addressing the knowledge and skills needed for the collaborative management of neurodevelopmental issues of children with ASD. This module was delivered through an online training workshop using various teaching learning methods to the participants from seven different health professions after obtaining informed consent. Perceptions of interprofessional collaboration and competencies of IPCP were assessed using standard IP tools and reflective summaries and analyzed through a mixed-methods approach. Results: A total of 42 HCPs from seven professions, including speech and hearing, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, physiotherapy, pediatrics, nursing, and pedodontics, participated in the study. Pre-post analysis of PINCOM-Q and Dow-IPEC data and thematic analysis revealed a significant difference in the perceptions of interprofessional collaboration and competencies’ levels of IPCP. Conclusion: This study suggests that use of IPCP principles in the training of professionals working with ASD is a promising and feasible option to develop more competent health professionals. The training enhanced the abilities of professionals to work in field of ASD as conveyed by the participants. They also expressed confidence in the knowledge of IP core competencies after the completion of the module.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMedical Journal Armed Forces India
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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