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An action research protocol to strengthen system-wide inter-professional learning and practice [LP0775514]


Braithwaite, J and Westbrook, JI and Foxwell, AR and Boyce, R and Devinney, T and Budge, M and Murphy, K and Ryall, A and Beutel, J and Vanderheide, R and Renton, E and Travaglia, J and Stone, J and Barnard, A and Greenfield, D and Corbett, A and Nugus, P and Clay-Williams, R, An action research protocol to strengthen system-wide inter-professional learning and practice [LP0775514], BMC Health Services Research, 7 pp. 144. ISSN 1472-6963 (2007) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1186/1472-6963-7-144


Background: Inter-professional learning (IPL) and inter-professional practice (IPP) are thought to be critical determinants of effective care, improved quality and safety and enhanced provider morale, yet few empirical studies have demonstrated this. Whole-of-system research is even less prevalent. We aim to provide a four year, multi-method, multi-collaborator action research program of IPL and IPP in defined, bounded health and education systems located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The project is funded by the Australian Research Council under its industry Linkage Program. Methods/Design: The program of research will examine in four inter-related, prospective studies, progress with IPL and IPP across tertiary education providers, professional education, regulatory and registration bodies, the ACT health system's streams of care activities and teams, units and wards of the provider facilities of the ACT health system. One key focus will be on pushpull mechanisms, ie, how the education sector creates student-enabled IPP and the health sector demands IPL-oriented practitioners. The studies will examine four research aims and meet 20 research project objectives in a comprehensive evaluation of ongoing progress with IPL and IPP. Discussion: IPP and IPL are said to be cornerstones of health system reforms. We will measure progress across an entire health system and the clinical and professional education systems that feed into it. The value of multi-methods, partnership research and a bi-directional push-pull model of IPL and IPP will be tested. Widespread dissemination of results to practitioners, policymakers, managers and researchers will be a key project goal.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:healthcare, inteprofessional practice, research
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Greenfield, D (Professor David Greenfield)
ID Code:113615
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:30
Deposited By:College Office - CoBE
Deposited On:2017-01-09
Last Modified:2017-04-04
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