Learning collaborative teamwork: an argument for incorporating the humanities

J Interprof Care. 2014 Nov;28(6):519-25. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2014.915513. Epub 2014 May 14.


A holistic, collaborative interprofessional team approach, which includes patients and families as significant decision-making members, has been proposed to address the increasing burden being placed on the health-care system. This project hypothesized that learning activities related to the humanities during clinical placements could enhance interprofessional teamwork. Through an interprofessional team of faculty, clinical staff, students, and patient representatives, we developed and piloted the self-learning module, "interprofessional education for collaborative person-centred practice through the humanities". The module was designed to provide learners from different professions and educational levels with a clinical placement/residency experience that would enable them, through a lens of the humanities, to better understand interprofessional collaborative person-centred care without structured interprofessional placement activities. Learners reported the self-paced and self-directed module to be a satisfactory learning experience in all four areas of care at our institution, and certain attitudes and knowledge were significantly and positively affected. The module's evaluation resulted in a revised edition providing improved structure and instruction for students with no experience in self-directed learning. The module was recently adapted into an interactive bilingual (French and English) online e-learning module to facilitate its integration into the pre-licensure curriculum at colleges and universities.

Keywords: Humanities; interprofessional collaboration; interprofessional education; self-directed learning; work-based learning.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Continuing / methods*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Female
  • Health Occupations / education*
  • Humanities / education*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Learning*
  • Male
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Patient-Centered Care*