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

Braithwaite, Jeffrey and Westbrook, Johanna I. and Foxwell, A. Ruth and Boyce, Rosalie and Devinney, Timothy and Budge, Marc and Murphy, Karen and Ryall, Mary-Ann and Beutel, Jenny and Vanderheide, Rebecca and Renton, Elizabeth and Travaglia, Joanne and Stone, Judy and Barnard, Amanda and Greenfield, David and Corbett, Angus and Nugus, Peter and Clay-Williams, Robyn (2007) An action research protocol to strengthen system-wide inter-professional learning and practice [LP0775514]. BMC Health Services Research, 7. pp. 144-153.

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Abstract

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 push-pull 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: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2007 Braithwaite et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2011 01:31
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2014 05:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic medical centers; Australian Capital Territory; cooperative behavior; public health professional; health care reform; health services research; interprofessional relations; pilot projects; program development; program evaluation; public health administration; systems integration
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111709 Health Care Administration
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920208 Health Policy Evaluation
C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-7-144
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19898

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