Graduate level health professions education: how do previous work experiences influence perspectives about interprofessional collaboration?

Allison Squires, Sarah Miner, Sherry A. Greenberg, Jennifer Adams, Adina Kalet, Tara Cortes

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Understanding how previous experiences with interprofessional education and collaboration inform health care provider perspectives is important for developing interprofessional interventions at the graduate level. The purpose of this study was to examine how previous work experiences of graduate level health professions students inform perspectives about interprofessional education and collaboration. Drawing from program evaluation data of two separate graduate level interprofessional education interventions based in primary care and home health care, we conducted a qualitative secondary data analysis of 75 interviews generated by focus groups and individual interviews with graduate students from 4 health professions cadres. Using directed content analysis, the team coded to capture descriptions of interprofessional education or collaboration generated from participants’ previous work experiences. Coding revealed 173 discrete descriptions related to previous experiences of interprofessional education or collaboration. Three themes were identified from the analysis that informed participant perspectives: Previous educational experiences (including work-based training); previous work experiences; and organizational factors and interprofessional collaboration. Experiences varied little between professions except when aspects of professional training created unique circumstances. The study reveals important differences between graduate and undergraduate learners in health professions programs that can inform interprofessional education and collaboration intervention design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-199
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021


  • Interprofessional relations
  • allied health
  • graduate medical education
  • graduate nursing education
  • interdisciplinary communication
  • professional role

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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