Is there an interprofessional identity?

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Submitted by Jill Thistlethwaite on Jan 23, 2015 - 11:38pm CST

The literature is full of references to professional socialization and professional identity, usually around the discourse of professionalism.  There is an assumption that one develops a (uni)professional identity.  Hammick et al have described 'being interprofessional' as consisting of three aspects: knowing what to do (thinking about what action is needed and why); having the skills to do what needs to be done (being competent and practicing correctly); and conducting oneself in the right way during performance (including appropriate attitudes and values) (Hammick M, Freeth D, Copperman J, Goodsman D.  Being Interprofessional. Cambridge, Polity Press, 2009). Yet these three can also be applied to simply being professional.  Do we become interprofessional or do we slip in and out of interprofessional behaviours depending on context?  What does being interprofessional look like? 

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