Uniting Saint Louis University's Interprofessional Education Program with Organizational Learning: A Theory-Based Model to Guide IP Education and Practice


Background: Strengthening the bridge between interprofessional education and interprofessional collaborative practice to expand the integration of effective team-based health care requires new models within the health care system. Recent calls in the literature have asked for interprofessional research to do a better job of incorporating theories and explanatory models. We propose the use of organizational learning theory as an approach to modeling and supporting interprofessional collaborative practice. Methods: The current paper applies the five disciplines of organizational learning to the organization of interprofessional education competencies and course objectives in a university interprofessional education program. Results: The model also provides a guide for healthcare administrators who may utilize organizational learning theory and who support the enhancement of interprofessional collaborative practice. Conclusion: Future research could work to evaluate these objectives and competencies of health professions graduates to see how individuals contribute to organizational learning and change once in the field.


Psychological Science

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Healthcare Administration; Interprofessional Collaborative Practice; Interprofessional Education; Interprofessional Learning Objectives; Organizational Learning

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01 Mar 2017