This study was completed to address a gap in interprofessional health education (IPHE). IPHE, as a way of training collaborative practitioners, is developing into an important component of health professional education because of issues related primarily to patient safety and health human resource shortages. This study was grounded in social and educational theory. A mixed methods approach to the research was used comprising focus groups (qualitative method) and a web-based survey (quantitative). Participants in the study represented students who had completed an IPHE course at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and faculty members in the health and human service programs at UBC. Focus group data were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using a thematic network approach. Survey data were treated as interval data and were analyzed using ANOVA to examine differences among respondent groups related to key concepts that emerged from the qualitative findings and to confirm, or not, focus group findings. From the triangulation of qualitative and quantitative findings and the literature, a set of meanings emerged that begins to explain learning with, from, and about others and that strengthens the commonly applied definition of IPHE offered in 2002 by the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE). In addition, the study results confirm and consolidate key characteristics of IPHE that, when matched with the meaning of with, from, and about, allow more informed IPHE curricula to be developed and evaluated. The proposed taxonomy may serve to inform emerging applications for IPHE in the context of education, service delivery, and policy. Further research can expand the emerging new meaning of the CAIPE definition and examine its application in curriculum design and evaluation in both academic and practice settings. The importance of the research lies in its contribution to an emerging understanding of IPHE that will pave the way for more robust competency development, sound curriculum design, continuing professional development, and evaluation of the impact of IPHE and collaboration on health outcomes. IPHE represents an exciting field of study and future research will contribute to a solid understanding of this critical form of education for health professionals.
|School:||Union Institute and University|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||DAI-B 70/07, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Collaborative practitioners, Health education, Health professional education, Interprofessional education, Interprofessional health education|
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