A Qualitative Evaluation of an Interprofessional Collaboration between an Academic Organization and Hospital Foundation Trust

Kit Tapson, David M. Walters, Norma Daykin

Abstract


Background: Research recognizes that collaborative working between academic organizations and clinical institutions may help realize the effective delivery of patient care. Yet, few studies report on the processes required to effect the necessary changes. Ths article reports on a research process that was delivered by a team of academics and clinicians that aimed to illuminate processes of interprofessional collaboration.

Methods and findings: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight participants selected from both a university and a foundation trust. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis.

Conclusions: The fruits of interprofessional practice and collaboration have beneficial
effects, especially for the patient. These are realized through the collegial
efforts of stakeholders from each organization, where consistent effort, cooperative
and inclusive actions facilitate participative agency, resulting in rich relationships.


Keywords


Inpterprofessional; Collaboration; Academic organizations; Clinical institutions

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22230/jripe.2019v9n2a297