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‘‘A golden opportunity’’: exploring interprofessional learning and practice in rural clinical settings


Spencer, J and Woodroffe, J and Cross, M and Allen, P, A golden opportunity'': exploring interprofessional learning and practice in rural clinical settings, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29, (4) pp. 389-391. ISSN 1356-1820 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3109/13561820.2014.970250


Little is known about interprofessional practice (IPP) and interprofessional learning (IPL) in rural health services, despite national funding and continuing emphasis on increasing students’ clinical placements in rural areas. This short paper outlines a study in Tasmania, Australia, which investigated how and under what contexts and conditions IPP and IPL occur in rural clinical settings, and the enabling factors and strategies that promote this learning and practice. This study employed a mixed method design comprising focus group discussions and a survey involving health professionals from two rural health services. The findings demonstrate that formal and informal arrangements, the collaborative nature of small, close-knit healthcare teams and patient-centred models of care employed in rural practice settings, provide ideal contexts for IPP and IPL. The study has implications for promoting organisational readiness for IPP and IPL and harnessing the potential of rural services to promote and develop students’ interprofessional capability.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:clinical placements, interprofessional education, interprofessional learning, interprofessional practice, mixed methods, rural, work-based learning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Spencer, J (Ms Judy Spencer)
UTAS Author:Woodroffe, J (Dr Jessica Woodroffe)
UTAS Author:Cross, M (Dr Merylin Cross)
UTAS Author:Allen, P (Dr Penny Allen)
ID Code:96250
Year Published:2015 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2014-10-28
Last Modified:2018-03-29

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