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Type: Journal article
Title: Educating for interprofessional practice: moving from knowing to being, is it the final piece of the puzzle?
Author: Ward, H.
Gum, L.
Attrill, S.
Bramwell, D.
Lindemann, I.
Lawn, S.
Sweet, L.
Citation: BMC Medical Education, 2017; 17(1):5-1-5-9
Publisher: BioMed Central
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1472-6920
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Helena Ward, Lyn Gum, Stacie Attrill, Donald Bramwell, Iris Lindemann, Sharon Lawn and Linda Sweet
Abstract: Background: Professional socialisation and identity arise from interactions occurring within university-based interprofessional education, and workplace-based interprofessional practice experience. However, it is unclear how closely language and concepts of academic learning situations align with workplace contexts for interprofessional learning. This paper reports on a study that brought together university-based educators responsible for teaching health professional students and health service-based practitioners who supervise students in the field. Methods: Interviews and focus groups with university-based educators and health service-base practitioners were used to explore perceptions of capabilities required for interprofessional practice. The qualitative data were then examined to explore similarities and differences in the language used by these groups. Results: This analysis identified that there were language differences between the university-based educators and health service based practitioners involved in the project. The former demonstrated a curriculum lens, focusing on educational activities, student support and supervision. Conversely, health service-based practitioners presented a client-centred lens, with a focus on communication, professional disposition, attitude towards clients and co-workers, and authenticity of practice. Conclusions: Building on these insights, we theorise about the need for students to develop the self in order to be an interprofessional practitioner. The implications for health professional education in both university and workplace settings are explored.
Keywords: Humans
Focus Groups
Attitude of Health Personnel
Cooperative Behavior
Interprofessional Relations
Students, Health Occupations
Description: Published online: 6 January 2017
Rights: © The Author(s). 2017 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
DOI: 10.1186/s12909-016-0844-5
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