Background: The quality of supply in a modern healthcare system is increasingly dependent on the interprofessional cooperation of the involved disciplines. Interprofessional cooperation will surely become easier if it has been practiced through shared learning during studies, and could therefore become standard for a professional life. Different aspects of interprofessional learning however play a vital role:
Learning together, from each other and about each other
The research project MEDPhysio in clinic and research aims at an interprofessional education for students of human medicine and physiotherapy. Students of human medicine from Oldenburg and physiotherapy from Osnabrück are supposed to learn about the essential fields of clinical research in movement analysis and clinical interfaces of patients’ care from each other through joint block week courses. Further training concerning interdisciplinary teaching and learning is also implemented.
Background of the program „Operation Team – interprofessional learning in health professions” from the Robert-Bosch-Stiftung is the increase of chronic illnesses as well as the growing importance of multimorbidity and dementia. Due to the demographic development in Germany, a patient and interprofessional orientated healthcare for an aging society is increasingly growing in importance. Those choosing a health profession however usually stay within their own profession during studying and vocational training, resulting in a nearly exclusively monoprofessional orientation of medicine and care study programs, health and nursing training and other trainings and courses of studies for therapeutic professions.
With its work, the Robert-Bosch-Stiftung aims to aid interprofessional cooperation between health professions and renew the monoprofessional culture of education. Their goal is a structural and curricular embedding of interprofessional learning opportunities.
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