Guidance on Global Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Research: Discussion Paper
Submitted by Hossein Khalili on Sep 8, 2022 - 8:40pm CDT
This Discussion Paper aims to provide guidance on IPECP research. We provide a perspective of the current situation and the needs in IPECP research around the globe, make recommendations for research teams to advance IPECP theory-informed research, and invite collaborators to join us in this initiative. The appendix provides a proposed lexicon for the interprofessional field based on the current interprofessional literature. This lexicon serves as a starting point in developing a global consensus on a set of definitions and descriptions related to interprofessional education, learning, practice, and care. In doing so, and in response to the Article 4 of the Sydney Interprofessional Declaration (All Together Better Health V, 2010), IPR.Global and Interprofessional.Global plan to conduct a web-based global Delphi panel in early 2020.
Proposed interprofessional education and collaborative practice research priorities
To meet the challenges discussed above, we propose the following global IPECP research priorities:
- Building the science and scholarship of IPECP through the discovery and integration of innovative evidence-informed strategies.
- Identifying and applying innovative approaches that embrace and address the inherent complexity of interprofessional endeavours.
- Developing evidence of impact along the continuum from interprofessional education to collaborative practice in person- and community-centred service delivery.
Proposed recommendations for research teams
- We recommend that IPECP research teams include diverse experts from various disciplines, e.g. health, social, education, economic, etc., as well as from the quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method research methodologies.
- Research teams should strive for the inclusion of learners, service users, community members and civil society as partners (e.g. as informants, data interpreters, knowledge translators) in interprofessional research.
- Research teams should ensure that studies/projects are underpinned by relevant theories, frameworks and/or models in order to produce meaningful contributions to the body of knowledge in IPECP.
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