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Examples of interprofessional education activities

The table below provides examples of some interprofessional education initiatives in various teaching and learning contexts.


Teaching and learning context


Incorporation of an interprofessional learning strand into 10 health and social care professional organisations

Undergraduate health and social care learners

Barrett G, Greenwood R and Ross K (2003) Integrating interprofessional education into 10 health and social care programmes. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 17 (3 August): 293–301.

Implementation and evaluation of a shared learning programme     

Final-year medical and social work learners

Carpenter J and Hewstone M (1996) Shared learning for doctors and social workers: evaluation of a programme. British Journal of Social Work. 26: 239–57.

Pilot programme in interprofessional education (IPE) delivered and evaluated to assess whether there is value in learning together and the outcomes of different types of IPE  

Pre-registration house officers, pharmacists and learner nurses

Kilminster S, Hale C, Lascelles M, Morris P, Roberts T, Stark P, Sowter J and Thistlethwaite J (2004) Learning for real life: patient-focused interprofessional workshops offer added value. Medical Education. 38: 717–26.

Using community-based studies of disabled children and their families to provide an interprofessional learning (IPL) exercise for medical and nursing learners  

Medical and paediatric nursing learners

Street KN, Eaton N, Clarke B, Ellis M, Young PM, Hunt L and Emond A (2007) Child disability case studies: an interprofessional learning opportunity for medical learners and paediatric nursing learners. Medical Education. 41: 771–80.

An attempt to highlight the issues of professional stereotypes within the context of mental health and subsequent implementation and evaluation of an IPE programme to address some of these issues      

Community mental health teams, including social workers, mental health nurses and psychiatrists

Barnes D, Carpenter J and Dickinson C (2000) Interprofessional education for community mental health: attitudes to community care and professional stereotypes. Social Work Education. 19: 565–83.

The development and delivery of a programme for health professional learners in which they learn the principles of collaborative learning and teamworking skills in rural healthcare placements    

Medical and nursing learners on rural healthcare placements

McNair R, Brown R, Stone N and Sims J (2001) Rural interprofessional education: promoting teamwork in primary health care education and practice. Australian Journal of Rural Health. 9 (Suppl.): 19–26.

Development and piloting of a two-day workshop in interprofessional team building     

Faculty and learners from nine health programmes at the University of British Colombia

Gilbert JHV, Camp RD, Cole CD, Bruce C, Fielding DW and Stanton SJ (2000) Preparing learners for interprofessional teamwork in health care. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 14(3): 223–35.

Development of a strategy for interprofessional collaboration using case studies that focus on collaboration between physicians and nurse practitioners in delivering healthcare to the community      

Nurse practitioners and family physicians

Way DO, Busing N and Jones L (2002) Implementing Strategies: collaboration in primary care – family doctors and nurse practitioners delivering shared care. Ontario College of Family Physicians, Toronto.



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