The influence of culture, structure, and human agency on interprofessional learning in a neurosurgical practice learning setting: A case study

Julie Derbyshire*, Alison Machin

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Abstract

The World Health Organization supports the notion that interprofessional learning (IPL) improves healthcare outcomes and contributes to safe, effective, and high-quality care. Consequently, IPL is an integral component within most UK undergraduate healthcare programs. Although much is written about IPL, research to date has mainly focused on the classroom or simulation lab as a setting for IPL. Less is known about how the practice learning environment influences the experiences and outcomes for those involved. A case study research design, situated within a critical realist framework, was undertaken which aimed to better understand how IPL was facilitated for undergraduate healthcare students within a neurosurgical practice learning setting. Interviews, non-participatory observations, and secondary documentary data were used as the methods of data collection to inform the case. Thematic analysis was undertaken, and the findings clustered into overarching themes of culture, structure, and human agency, facilitating a more in-depth exploration of the complex interplay between the factors influencing IPL in the study setting. IPL was supported within the setting which operated as an ‘interprofessional community of practice,’ facilitating student engagement and investing in its staff for the benefit of the patients who had complex neurological needs. A practice-based IPL Multi-Dimensional Assessment Tool was also created to enable colleagues in practice learning environments worldwide to better understand their capability and capacity for the facilitation of practice-based IPL.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-360
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Volume35
Issue number3
Early online date11 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2021

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