This article is based on a workshop presented by IPR.Global and two of its partners, the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC) and the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC) at the Collaborating Across Borders VII (CAB VII) conference in Indiana, USA in October 2019 with a goal of promoting and advancing theory-driven, methodologically rigorous IPECP research.
Facilitators of the workshop also served as co-authors of the paper: Dr. Hossein Khalili, Dr. Anthony Breitbach, Dr. Gail Jensen, Dr. Sharla King, Dr. Barbara Maxwell, Dr. Devin Nickol, Dr. Andrea Pfeifle and Dr. John Gilbert.
The importance of integrating interprofessional
collaboration in both healthcare education and delivery is well documented.
Interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) has been
identified as a potential route to achieve the ‘quadruple aim’ through
enhancing collaboration and teamwork among professionals, patients and
families. Over the last decade, the number of articles addressing IPECP within
the literature has grown significantly, as has the global IPECP representation.
While the quality of IPECP evaluative research studies has improved over the
years, there is still much to be achieved. According to the
InterprofessionalResearch.Global (IPR.Global) Discussion Paper, “the research
agenda for IPECP should elevate the process of enquiry by shifting focus from
that of program- or project-specific level interrogation to determining the
impact of IPECP.”
The rigorous design, assessment and evaluation of IPECP
initiatives are essential in advancing knowledge in the fields of IPECP. In
addition, addressing relevant and clearly articulated research questions, that
are underpinned by sound theoretical frameworks and models, employing
appropriate and well-designed methodologies, and following sound and rigorous
data collection and analysis approaches targeted to identifying the
contribution of IPECP to achieving the quadruple aim, WHO’s triple billion
targets, Universal Health Coverage and reaching the Sustainable Development
Goals are critical.
To further this agenda, this paper presents some examples of
applied IPECP theoretical frameworks and research methodologies and discusses
their potential contributions to achieving identified global research priorities.
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