Scientific article
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Current trends in interprofessional education of health sciences students: a literature review

Published inJournal of interprofessional care, vol. 26, no. 6, p. 444-451
Publication date2012-11
First online date2012-08-27

There is a pressing need to redesign health professions education and integrate an interprofessional and systems approach into training. At the core of interprofessional education (IPE) are creating training synergies across healthcare professions and equipping learners with the collaborative skills required for today's complex healthcare environment. Educators are increasingly experimenting with new IPE models, but best practices for translating IPE into interprofessional practice and team-based care are not well defined. Our study explores current IPE models to identify emerging trends in strategies reported in published studies. We report key characteristics of 83 studies that report IPE activities between 2005 and 2010, including those utilizing qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research approaches. We found a wide array of IPE models and educational components. Although most studies reported outcomes in student learning about professional roles, team communication and general satisfaction with IPE activities, our review identified inconsistencies and shortcomings in how IPE activities are conceptualized, implemented, assessed and reported. Clearer specifications of minimal reporting requirements are useful for developing and testing IPE models that can inform and facilitate successful translation of IPE best practices into academic and clinical practice arenas.

  • Health Personnel / education
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Models, Organizational
  • Students, Health Occupations
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
  • NCRR NIH HHS - [TL1 RR025016]
  • NCATS NIH HHS - [TL1 TR000422]
  • NCATS NIH HHS - [TL1 TR002318]
  • NCRR NIH HHS - [TL1 RR 025016]
Citation (ISO format)
ABU-RISH, Erin et al. Current trends in interprofessional education of health sciences students: a literature review. In: Journal of interprofessional care, 2012, vol. 26, n° 6, p. 444–451. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2012.715604
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ISSN of the journal1356-1820

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