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Examples of initiatives in interprofessional education

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

Example Teaching and learning context Reference
Incorporation of an interprofessional learning strand into 10 health and social care professional organisations Undergraduate health and social care students 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 students 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 student 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 students   Medical and paediatric nursing students 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 students and paediatric nursing students. 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 students in which they learn the principles of collaborative learning and teamworking skills in rural healthcare placements     Medical and nursing students 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 students 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 students 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 practioners 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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