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Promoting Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice in Rural Health Settings: Learnings from a State-Wide Multi-Methods Study

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Cunningham Centre, Darling Downs Health, Toowoomba, QLD 4350, Australia
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Faculty of Medicine, Rural Clinical School, The University of Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD 4350, Australia
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Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation, Mackay Base Hospital, Mackay, QLD 4740, Australia
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Division of Allied Health, Darling Downs Health, Toowoomba, QLD 4350, Australia
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Southern Queensland Rural Health, The University of Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD 4350, Australia
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School of Psychology and Counselling, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD 4350, Australia
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Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5G 2C1, Canada
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Academic Editors: Kathleen Tori and Carey Mather
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(10), 5162; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105162
Received: 20 April 2021 / Revised: 6 May 2021 / Accepted: 10 May 2021 / Published: 13 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Rural and Remote Health Workforce)
Evidence is mounting regarding the positive effects of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) on healthcare outcomes. Despite this, IPECP is only in its infancy in several Australian rural healthcare settings. Whilst some rural healthcare teams have successfully adopted an interprofessional model of service delivery, information is scarce on the factors that have enabled or hindered such a transition. Using a combination of team surveys and individual semi-structured team member interviews, data were collected on the enablers of and barriers to IPECP implementation in rural health settings in one Australian state. Using thematic analysis, three themes were developed from the interview data: IPECP remains a black box; drivers at the system level; and the power of an individual to make or break IPECP. Several recommendations have been provided to inform teams transitioning from multi-disciplinary to interprofessional models of service delivery. View Full-Text
Keywords: interprofessional education; collaborative practice; rural healthcare teams; rural health; continuing professional development interprofessional education; collaborative practice; rural healthcare teams; rural health; continuing professional development
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Martin, P.; Pighills, A.; Burge, V.; Argus, G.; Sinclair, L. Promoting Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice in Rural Health Settings: Learnings from a State-Wide Multi-Methods Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5162. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105162

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Martin P, Pighills A, Burge V, Argus G, Sinclair L. Promoting Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice in Rural Health Settings: Learnings from a State-Wide Multi-Methods Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(10):5162. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105162

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Martin, Priya, Alison Pighills, Vanessa Burge, Geoff Argus, and Lynne Sinclair. 2021. "Promoting Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice in Rural Health Settings: Learnings from a State-Wide Multi-Methods Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 10: 5162. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105162

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