Interprofessional staff development: changing attitudes and winning hearts and minds

J Interprof Care. 2011 Jan;25(1):11-7. doi: 10.3109/13561821003721311. Epub 2010 Aug 26.


As more educators are involved in interprofessional education (IPE) it is important to consider how participation affects those who are sceptical about IPE. We report a prospective study in which the attitudes of 13 educators, unfamiliar with IPE, were compared before and after facilitating their first IPE. Their views, obtained as personal stories, were analysed through cognitive dissonance theory. Prior to teaching, all novice educators had concerns about IPE. Post-facilitation all were more positive about the value and meaning of IPE.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude*
  • Faculty*
  • Female
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Social Work / education*
  • Staff Development / organization & administration*