IPE will be examined critically from a practical point of view in an attempt to address the question-what works? The success or failure of IPE appears to depend on several issues: its purpose, the model adopted, the needs of participants, how they are assessed, the attitude of facilitators and the active involvement of staff. Simply sitting students from different professions side by side in a lecture theatre is unlikely to be enough and may be counterproductive. More interactive IPE-working together in small interprofessional groups to discuss a health care scenario of common interest, learning shared skills together, or working side-by-side in a shared clinical placement-can provide more effective approaches. IPE seems to thrive when it mirrors real life and involves students working together in mixed teams. In this chapter, a few successful approaches and some of the potential pitfalls will be explored. Barriers discussed include practical problems, professional cultures, facilitation and institutional organisation.
|Title of host publication||Sociology of Interprofessional Health Care Practice|
|Subtitle of host publication||Critical Reflections and Concrete Solutions|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|