The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2010 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

CRITICAL THINKING ABILITY IN BACCALAUREATE LEVEL RESPIRATORY CARE STUDENTS.

Richard Wettstein, Ruben Restrepo, Donna Gardner, Robert Wilkins; University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Background: Critical thinking (CT) has been deemed an important characteristic to develop in respiratory care students. Methods: This study enrolled 55 senior respiratory care (RC) students in a baccalaureate program. The Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal – Short Form (WGCTA-S) was used to measure their CT ability. Results: Table 1 displays the RC students’ scores on the WGCTA-S and each subscale. Results indicated that compared to normative data provided by The Psychological Corporation and the data found in the literature, the RC students (CT score of 24 on the WGCTA-S) demonstrated a lower CT ability than most of their peers (Table 2). Conclusions: Considering the importance placed in the CT ability of healthcare professionals, the results of this study are of concern. Program directors and RT faculty should review their curriculum and look for ways to improve CT in their students. Sponsored Research - None Table 1: WGCTA-S results from literature. NA - Not available