Translating interprofessional collaboration competencies to an international research team

J Med Imaging Radiat Sci. 2021 Oct 10;S1939-8654(21)00230-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jmir.2021.09.017. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

Introduction: While there has been strong emphasis on enhancing interprofessional education and interprofessional care in the published literature, there is relatively little literature focused on advancing interprofessional research. In extrapolating from the current frameworks of interprofessional collaboration (IPC), it becomes clear that the core competencies of IPC are transferable to research teams. The aim of this paper is to present our experience of an international research team framed within core competencies for IPC.

Methods: A simplified narrative inquiry approach was used to share the experience of an international research team framed within six core competencies of IPC.

Results and discussion: By way of our international research collaboration, we demonstrate the translation of key core competencies for IPC. We share key learnings and mitigation strategies for the successful outcomes of the research team.

Conclusion: To embark on a successful international research collaboration requires integrating IPC core competencies across the entire research continuum. In addition to the core competencies of collaboration, enablers to success also include digital collaborative forums, existing professional relationships and research projects that offer global meaning and value.

Keywords: Evidence-based practice; Interdisciplinary research; Interprofessional education; Intersectoral collaboration; Shared decision making.