Interprofessional Education: Students´Learning of Joint Patient Care
This study examines how patient care is developed in meetings between students of occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing and medicine who are al-lowed to shape their own interprofessional collaboration. We conduct a thematic in-terpretative analysis ofaudio recordings and observations from the meetings and informal talks with the students. The analysis draws on traditions in sociocultural learning theory that deal with interaction on something in common between actors with different knowledge bases andthe consequences of this interaction. The analy-sis showed that the students developed collaboration in patient care by sharing, as-sessing and determining professional knowledge of patients’ health conditions col-lectively. In conclusion, we argue that the students learned to use a multiprofessionalknowledge base in the design of patient treatment when they were given responsi-bility to create the collaboration themselves. This demonstrates that students can be encouraged to independently develop professional collaboration in patient care within interprofessional education.
Submitted manuscript version. Published version in Professions and Professionalism, 9(1), available at https://doi.org/10.7577/pp.3126.