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Designing and developing a continuing interprofessional education model

Authors Safabakhsh L, Irajpour A, Yamani N

Received 14 December 2017

Accepted for publication 6 March 2018

Published 25 June 2018 Volume 2018:9 Pages 459—467


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Md Anwarul Majumder

Leila Safabakhsh,1 Alireza Irajpour,2 Nikoo Yamani3

1Medical Education Department, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran; 2Critical Care Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center, Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran; 3Medical Education Research Center, Medical Education Development Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

Background: Interprofessional education is considered as one of the approaches in educating learners in the health system that increases interprofessional collaboration and improves the quality of patient care.
Purpose: This study sought to design an interprofessional continuing education model.
Methods: This study was conducted in three stages. In the first stage, a systematic review of literature and search of databases were conducted to identify the common models of ­interprofessional continuing education and to extract the elements used in these models. In the second stage, specialists in interprofessional continuing education were interviewed in ­relation to the features of elements derived from the first stage. In the third stage, the model of ­interprofessional ­continuing education was designed using the results of the first and second stages.
Results: Seven models were obtained. Five themes, including the subject of interprofessional continuing education, objectives, content, learning strategy, and evaluation strategies, were extracted from them. Specialists stated interprofessional collaboration, needs of community and learners, focus on patient, using interactive teaching methods, and feedback as the main features of these five themes.
The results of this study showed that providing a framework and model regulated in interprofessional continuing education programs can help design these programs.

continuing education, interprofessional education, interprofessional learning, post-registration

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