Examining the interface between interprofessional practice and education: lessons learned from Norway for promoting teamwork

J Interprof Care. 2011 Jan;25(1):26-32. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2010.497751. Epub 2010 Aug 26.


Promoting teamwork in health and social care requires an understanding of the interface between interprofessional practice (IPP) and interprofessional education (IPE). A study with two parts, one qualitative and one quantitative, examined this interface in Norway. The first used focus groups to assess IPP rewards, barriers, and facilitating factors among practitioners in clinical settings. The second utilized an online survey to measure IPE attitudes, barriers, and facilitating factors among senior administrators in the educational system. Results of Part 1 indicate that providers report many intrinsic rewards of IPP; however, the more extrinsic impacts of collaborative practice on patient care need to be emphasized to system managers. Results of Part 2 suggest strong general support by academic deans and directors for IPE, though addressing specific potential barriers to its implementation has become increasingly important. Overall, bridging the IPP-IPE gap requires educating leaders in both settings about the resources needed for teamwork, linking clinical and educational settings through continuing professional development, and generally advocating more effectively for both IPP and IPE.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Health Personnel / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Norway
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Social Work / education*
  • Social Work / organization & administration