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Call for papers - Advancing healthcare systems with interprofessional education and collaboration

Guest Editors:
Salman Yousuf Guraya: University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Sue Pullon: University of Otago, New Zealand
Kerry Wilbur: University of British Columbia, Canada

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 August 2023


BMC Medical Education is calling for submissions to our Collection on Advancing healthcare systems with interprofessional education and collaboration. This collection seeks to determine the missing links between the determinants and processes of collaboration at several levels, including links among learners, teachers and professionals, organisations, as well as among political, socio-economic and cultural systems.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Salman Yousuf Guraya: University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Professor Salman Guraya is a medical educator, minimally invasive general and colorectal surgeon, editor, an academic professional, and director of surgical courses by RCS England. Currently, he is serving as Vice Dean of College of Medicine and Head of Surgical Unit at University of Sharjah. He has vast experience in developing the climate of interprofessional education and collaborative practice and in inculcating technology-enhanced strands in medical education.


Sue Pullon: University of Otago, New Zealand
Sue Pullon is Emeritus Professor at the Interprofessional Education Centre and Department of Primary Health Care, University of Otago, New Zealand. She has wide teaching and research experience in interprofessional education and collaborative practice, in primary care and youth health. She was a general practitioner for over 30 years and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

 

Kerry Wilbur: University of British Columbia, Canada
Kerry Wilbur is Associate Professor and Executive Director of Entry-to-Practice Education at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia. As a team-pharmacist, clinical supervisor, educator, and researcher, Dr. Wilbur has been committed to interprofessional practice collaboration for more than 20 years and is an advocate for interprofessional education in pharmacy training programs locally and internationally.


About the collection

This collection highlights the ever increasing need to better integrate the complementary skills and practice of different health profession disciplines (e.g. dietetics, dentistry, midwifery, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, oral health, paramedicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, social work, speech language therapy, and more) for better patient care in better healthcare systems. This calls for the contributions of novel and innovative research about interprofessional learning, education, practice, and collaboration in health and social care at all levels. Dissemination of such research on interprofessional practice would certainly permit the development of a better understanding of a phenomenon for the development of a cohesive and integrated health care practice among professionals in response to societal needs. The seamless application of the concept of ‘interprofessional’ carries great promise in the development of integrated knowledge and skills, rather than fragmented disciplinary knowledge and practice.

Despite a central role of interprofessional practice in the medical field, implementation of this concept has been challenging and has only made some ground with concerted effort and perseverance. Traditionally, there exists a gap between interprofessional education and interprofessional practice, which needs to be bridged using a common basis for analysis. This collection seeks to determine the missing links between the determinants and processes of collaboration at several levels, including links among learners, teachers and professionals, torganisations, as well as among political, socio-economic and cultural systems.

The ultimate goal of the collection will be to further strengthen and emphasise the pivotal role of interprofessional education for collaborative and patient-centred practice. 


Key themes:

- Mechanisms to facilitate interprofessional practice among healthcare professionals and across health workforces

- Mechanisms to facilitate interprofessional practice within and across healthcare organizations

- Changing attitudes towards collaborative practice

- The role of interprofessional education and collaboration in pre- and post-registration training and education across the health and social care professions

- Enhancing interprofessional education and practice in a patient-centred system

- Promoting healthcare systems with interprofessional practice

- Team working in interprofessional care 


The collection invites the following types of articles for possible publication:

  • Research articles
  • Narrative reviews
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Scoping reviews
  • Commentaries
  • Study Protocols
  1. Traumatic musculoskeletal injuries are a common presentation to emergency care, the first-line investigation often being plain radiography. The interpretation of this imaging frequently falls to less experienc...

    Authors: Thomas James York, Siddarth Raj, Thomas Ashdown and Gareth Jones
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2023 23:16
  2. Communication among interprofessional healthcare worker teams is critical to ensure a thriving and resilient workforce. We will evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of the Alda Healthcare Experience (...

    Authors: Heid Preis, Mallory Dobias, Katherine Cohen, Elizabeth Bojsza, Clare Whitney and Susmita Pati
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2022 22:897
  3. Team cohesiveness and collective efficacy have been construed as important characteristics of a high-functioning team. However, the psychological mechanism through which they promote positive outcomes remains ...

    Authors: Fraide A. Ganotice Jr., Linda Chan, Xiaoai Shen, Angie Ho Yan Lam, Gloria Hoi Yan Wong, Rebecca Ka Wai Liu and George L. Tipoe
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2022 22:820

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system SNAPP. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Advancing healthcare systems with interprofessional education and collaboration" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.