ERIC Number: EJ877971
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
The Complexities of Interprofessional Learning/Working: Has the Agenda Lost Its Way?
Health Education Journal, v69 n1 p4-12 2010
Objective: The increasing emphasis of interprofessional working (IPW) and learning (IPL) encourages healthcare professionals to be educated together. However, is the language and understanding clear and consistent across health care? Research Questions: Is there a sound evidence base underpinning IPL/IPW? Do healthcare professionals and workforce arrangements support across professional working? Methodology: To answer these questions a detailed review was carried out investigating UK policy and educational developments in relation to international interprofessional research. Data Sources: Healthcare documents in relation to IPL from the UK Department of Health; World Health Organization; themes from international and European IPL networks/conferences, international healthcare journal article search (Metalib); UK Healthcare Commission documents; and UK healthcare statistics and data. Results: The definition of IPL and the associated IPL agenda within health is broad, which enables flexibility and creativity. However, this may also contribute to the weak evidence base which demonstrates the effectiveness of IPL. Conclusion: To focus the agenda on developing effective healthcare teams within an IPL framework would enable common understanding, language and evaluation processes.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Health Personnel, Interprofessional Relationship, Learning, Professional Development, Social Work
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom