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      A design thinking approach to evaluating interprofessional education.

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          The complex challenge of evaluating the impact of interprofessional education (IPE) on patient and community health outcomes is well documented. Recently, at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in the United States, leaders in health professions education met to help generate a direction for future IPE evaluation research. Participants followed the stages of design thinking, a process for human-centred problem solving, to reach consensus on recommendations. The group concluded that future studies should focus on measuring an intermediate step between learning activities and patient outcomes. Specifically, knowing how IPE-prepared students and preceptors influence the organisational culture of a clinical site as well as how the culture of clinical sites influences learners' attitudes about collaborative practice will demonstrate the value of educational interventions. With a mixed methods approach and an appreciation for context, researchers will be able to identify the factors that foster effective collaborative practice and, by extension, promote patient-centred care.

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          Journal
          J Interprof Care
          Journal of interprofessional care
          Informa Healthcare
          1469-9567
          1356-1820
          May 2016
          : 30
          : 3
          Affiliations
          [1 ] a MGH Institute of Health Professions , Office of the Provost , Boston , Massachusetts , USA.
          [2 ] b School of Pharmacy , University of Missouri-Kansas City , Kansas City , Missouri , USA.
          [3 ] c Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine , Thomas Jefferson University , Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , USA.
          [4 ] d Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care , Virginia Commonwealth University , Richmond , Virginia , USA.
          [5 ] e Center for Primary Care , Harvard Medical School , Boston , Massachusetts , USA.
          [6 ] f Physician Assistant Studies , University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center , Dallas , Texas , USA.
          [7 ] g MGH Institute of Health Professions , Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation , Boston , Massachusetts , USA.
          [8 ] h Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital , Toronto , Ontario , Canada.
          [9 ] i Centre for Health and Social Care Research , Kingston University and St. George's, University of London , London , UK.
          [10 ] j Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research, and Practice , University of Washington , Seattle , Washington , USA.
          Article
          10.3109/13561820.2015.1122582
          27030030

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