Informal interprofessional learning: an untapped opportunity for learning and change within the workplace

J Interprof Care. 2013 Nov;27(6):469-75. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2013.805735. Epub 2013 Jun 21.


In this paper, we explore the educational and workplace learning literature to identify the potential and significance for informal interprofessional learning within the workplace. We also examine theoretical perspectives informing informal workplace interprofessional learning. Despite numerous studies focusing on formal interprofessional education programs, we suggest that informal interprofessional learning opportunities are currently unrealized. We highlight reasons for a focus on learning within the workplace and the potential benefits within an interprofessional context.

MeSH terms

  • Health Occupations / education*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Learning*
  • Models, Educational
  • Students, Health Occupations
  • Teaching
  • Workplace*