IPR.Global published a chapter, entitled The Resurgence of the Global Research Interprofessional Network in the book Sustainability and Interprofessional Collaboration: Ensuring Leadership Resilience in Collaborative Health Care, It describes the development of the Global Research Interprofessional Network (GRIN) and the In-2-Theory network from its origins. In this chapter, the journey to GRIN and In-2-Theory, the Resurgence of GRIN2Theory, the Drivers of Success, Network Sustainability and Resilience, and the Lessons Learned are discussed. Similar to other IPECP networks, sustainability remains a high priority for IPR.Global. It is therefore imperative that IPR.Global be innovative and offer something unique and of value. Lessons learned from our experience and from our scoping review on collaborative networks indicate that key factors for a sustainable interprofessional collaboration need to include a committed membership, the maintenance of dialogue, ensuring clarity, respecting diversity, and engagement in process/contextual factors. Relevance, buy-in and social capital for members are key principles for ensuring a sustainable network. IPR.Global will remain focused on global leadership in IPECP Research, as our practice, and will continue to promote and advocate for evidence-informed policies and practices. We foster and facilitate theory-driven, methodologically rigorous IPECP research to achieve better health, better care, better value and better work experience for all.
Link to book web-page: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-40281-5
- The COVID-19 crisis silver lining: interprofessional education to guide future innovation – Journal of Interprofessional Care
Globally, the advent and rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus has created significant disruption to health profession education and practice, and consequently interprofessional education, leading to a model of learning and practicing where much is unknown. Key questions for this ongoing evolution emerge for the global context leading to reflections on future directions for the interprofessional education field and its role in shaping future practice models. Health profession programs around the world have made a dramatic shift to virtual learning platforms in response to closures of academic institutions and restrictions imposed on learners accessing practice settings. Telemedicine, slow to become established in many countries to date, has also revolutionized practice in the current environment. Within the state of disruption and rapid change is the awareness of a silver lining that provides an opportunity for future growth. Key topics explored in this commentary include: reflection on the application of existing competency frameworks, consideration of typology of team structures, reconsideration of theoretical underpinnings, revisiting of core dimensions of education, adaptation of interprofessional education activities, and the role in future pandemic planning. As an international community of educators and researchers, the authors consider current observations relevant to interprofessional education and practice contexts and suggest a response from scholarship voices across the globe. The current pandemic offers a unique opportunity for educators, practitioners, and researchers to retain what has served interprofessional education and practice well in the past, break from what has not worked as well, and begin to imagine the new.
Link to article in the Journal of Interprofessional Care: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/NRG9UQJ7FVQQMFJKZ98G/full
- A longitudinal survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on interprofessional education and collaborative practice: a study protocol
Since the World Health Organisation declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic in early March 2020, the virus has been linked with serious illness, death, and social disruption around the world. The scope of the outbreak is rapidly evolving and ever changing. Many countries, cities and towns declared major closures and issued shelter-in-place orders. While phased re-opening is now occurring in many countries, the impact of the pandemic has been unprecedented. It is widely accepted that healthcare education and practice, including interprofessional education and collaborative practice, has been and will continue to be affected in profound ways. However, the severity and extent of the impact is yet to be determined and is likely to vary internationally. The study protocol reported here is a first attempt to systematically capture observations, experiences, and reflections globally with a view to identifying priorities for interprofessional education and collaborative practice research and development in the years to come, as well as inform future pandemic preparedness.
Access the Survey at the IPR.Global website: https://research.interprofessional.global/covid19-survey/
Access the article at the journal webpage: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13561820.2020.1798901
- Interprofessional education and collaborative practice research during the COVID-19 pandemic: Considerations to advance the field – a Journal of Interprofessional Care guest editorial by IPR.Global taskforce
Amid a global pandemic, learners, educators, administrators, researchers, practitioners, and service users find themselves in exceptional, unparalleled, and unusual circumstances. The interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) research community has been affected in a multitude of ways and vast changes are being experienced leaving one to wonder whether we are alone in a field that espouses unity and if there is guidance available. In late 2019, InterprofessionalResearch.Global (IPR.Global) and Interprofessional.Global (IP.Global) authored a discussion paper to rouse dialogue and offer perspectives for the global IPECP research agenda (Khalili et al., 2019). The long-term aim was to advance IPECP theory and research by 2022, through recommendations for research priorities and counsel on theoretical frameworks, research methodologies, and formation of research teams. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a rapid transformation to online IPECP, necessitating evaluation of the impact on students, programs, service users, and the healthcare system. Understandably, many are now asking how to continue to move forward, or even restart, IPECP research in this “new normal”. In response, IPR.Global formed a COVID-19 taskforce, from which an editorial was developed, to shed light on IPR.Global’s proposed recommendations for research teams and offer ways to forge ahead.
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- Journal of Interprofessional Care Article Addresses the Implications of Transitioning IPE to Virtual Environments – Online interprofessional education during and post the COVID-19 pandemic
Dr. Khalili has just published a Commentary in the COVID Special Issue of the Journal of Interprofessional Care. In this Online IPE during and post the COVID-19 pandemic commentary paper, Dr. Khalili discussed the conundrum that the pandemic has posed to many. Educators/facilitators are expected to employ online education, but some may lack the knowledge and expertise to create and facilitate an engaging, positive, and supportive online environment for their students. IPE itself is quite complex and challenging for many educators as in IPE we are working with diverse students’ population who come with different professional backgrounds, knowledge, skills and experience, while many of them may have preconceived notions and prejudices against each other. Adding another layer of complexity to this equation by fully transitioning IPE into a virtual environment is indeed a further challenge. This report discusses the application of Meaningful Discourse and the Community of Inquiry principles on developing online learning communities in interprofessional education.
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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.
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.
You can access the paper via this link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xjep.2021.100445.