What are the understandings of interprofessional practice (IPP) by key stakeholders in the acute care sector

Frank Donnelly, Sue Gordon, Karen White, Sharon Lawn, Adrian Schoo, Jo Thomas

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Introduction/background:There is increasing emphasis on providing evidence that interprofessional practice (IPP) in health settings optimises outcomes for patients. There has however been little research of the understanding of IPP by managers, hospital educators and people involved in recruiting clinical staff.

Aim/objectives:The purpose of this research was to examine what managers, human resource staff and hospital educators understand of IPP.

Methods: An online survey, based on a framework of capabilities for interprofessional practice within four domains (client focus, client benefit, awareness of own and other professions roles, and utilisation of collaborative skills), was completed by participants (n=32) and followed by a focus group of industry staff.

Results:Preliminary analysis identifies that while managers are keen to recruit clinicians with awareness and aptitude for IPP, no respondent observed consistent application of IPP in the day to day work of clinicians.

Discussion: A clear alignment between education and industry expectations of IPP skills and knowledge will inform curriculum designers and enhance student development as a health professional. The outcomes of this research highlight the differences that exist between expectations and assumptions of IPP skills and knowledge of staff working in the acute setting. Understanding this will be valuable to inform curriculum and course design and the development of IPP skills and knowledge in the tertiary sector.

Conclusions:Developing a closer appreciation of the expectations of industry and the capacity of higher education institutions to deliver IPP will be critical to the ongoing development of a skilled and efficient interprofessional workforce.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
EventAustralian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators: blue sky thinking - capitalise your ideas - National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia
Duration: 1 Jul 20194 Jul 2019
https://www.anzahpe.org/resources/Documents/Conference/Past%20Conference%20documentation/2019%20Proceedings.pdf (Conference proceedings and abstracts)


ConferenceAustralian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators
Abbreviated titleANZAHPE 2019
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  • Interprofessional practice (IPP)
  • Acute care
  • Patient outcomes
  • Management
  • Recruitment


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