Equipping health care partners to be better team members: A qualitative exploration of interprofessional education and practice in a Danish elite athletic health and performance practice context

Corrie Myburgh (Lead / Corresponding author), Eleanor Boyle, Kristoffer Henriksen, Mandy Moffat

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Abstract

Background: In high-stakes contexts, sporting organisations commonly employ interprofessional healthcare teams. Yet, it is currently unclear how team-oriented teaching and learning might be structured to help deliver superior outcomes in athlete health and performance. 

Purpose: To explore whether interprofessional education (IPE) currently exists within a high-stakes interprofessional practice (IPP) environment and how a learning community of athlete-focused health care practitioners inform and develop their own practice. 

Method: An explorative qualitative, single case study was conducted, the unit of analysis being a Danish premiere league football club's health care team. 

Results, discussion and conclusions: A thematic analysis of semi-structured interview data revealed that IPE exists mainly as an informal/hidden curriculum. Key educational competencies were developed through a community of practice with IPP; mainly through peer learning and mentorship activities. These findings highlight an underdeveloped and potentially important area of focus for interprofessional education and practice in the context of elite athletic health and performance practice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100655
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Education and Practice
Volume32
Early online date13 Jun 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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