IPR.Global Summer 2020 Newsletter, Issue 1
IPR.Global Fall 2020 Newsletter, Issue 2 

 

IPR.Global Fall 2020 Newsletter – Issue 2 

In this Issue:

A Message From The IPR.Global Lead

Since its emergence in November 2019, Coronavirus has spread to more than 215 countries and territories around the world, despite global efforts to contain the infection. As of October 16, 2020, over 39 million cases have been reported globally with almost 1.1 million deaths (World Health Organization, 2020). There has been a monumental increase in the number of infected patients, with a 7-day moving average of over 350,000 new cases and over 5,000 new deaths per day. While the global effort in securing therapeutics and vaccines to control COVID-19 continues, the public masking up along with social distancing and hand sanitizing remain our best approaches to stop the spread (Kaur & Gupta, 2020).

The unprecedented evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic is again reminding us of the importance of interprofessional collaboration and team-based care in healthcare delivery system. For healthcare providers to be effective and remain resilient as part of the emergency COVID-19 response, they need to view and value each other as resources, and to utilize each other knowledge and expertise in defeating this invisible enemy. In fact, the integration of interprofessional education and collaborative practice in everyday professional education and practice has never been more urgent and critical. It is time to step back and further reflect on how to sustain and expand on the COVID-19 interprofessional collaboration beyond the pandemic response. Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) integration requires significant changes in management efforts in redesigning existing uniprofessional models of education and practice into interprofessional models of education, socialization, and practice while developing evidence and best practices through our research and scholarship.

In the past few months, IPR.Global through the expertise and dedication of the members of its COVID-19 Taskforce has been able to develop and publish a number of journal papers (as reported in this Newsletter); develop and conduct a longitudinal COVID-19 Impact Survey, which we invite you all to participate in the Time 2 Data Collection of the survey; and submit two proposals from which one submission (IPE in emergency) is in its second stage of review for funding. The Taskforce is committed to continue its effort to help IPECP community with promoting resilience among healthcare professionals and to provide guidance in interprofessional teamwork in global deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine when it comes available.     

Take care,

Hossein Khalili, BScN, MScN, PhD, FNAP
Co-Founding Lead, InterprofessionalResearch.Global (IPR.Global)
Director, UW Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (UW CIPE)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Adjunct Research Professor, Western University
Member, Leadership Team of Global Confederation for Interprofessional Practice& Education
Board Member, Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC)
Member, American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC)
Associate Editor, Journal of Interprofessional Care
Editorial Board, Health, Interprofessional Practice & Education (HIP&E)

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Citations:

  • Kaur, S. P., & Gupta, V. (2020). COVID-19 Vaccine: A comprehensive status report. Virus Research, 198114.
  • World Health Organization (2020). Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) Situation Report.

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IPR.Global Longitudinal COVID-19 Impact Global Survey – Time 2 Data Collection

IPR.Global would like to invite you to join us in our global effort to map the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on IPECP around the glob by completing the COVID-19 Impact Global Survey.  The purpose of the study is to collect global observations/experiences, and to examine perceptions regarding the impact of the COVID19 pandemic on the planning, delivery, and evaluation of, and policy developments related to interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative practice (CP) globally.

We are in the Time 2 (T2) data collection of this longitudinal survey, and T2 is open to everyone (who completed or not the T1 data collection during the summer):

  • If you have completed the survey at T1, please retrieve your submitted data and update your answers based on any new developments in your region/institution/organization.
  • If this is the first time that you are participating in this survey, please complete the survey by answering the survey questions to the best of your ability while knowing there are no wrong or right answers; we are just looking for your honest opinions. 

The survey has received ethics clearance from London King’s College and its completion is fully anonymous with no personal information collected. The survey takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. We thank you for taking the time to participate in this global survey, your responses are very valuable to the current and future of global IPECP during and post-pandemic. Please visit us at https://research.interprofessional.global/covid19-survey/ to learn more and participate in the survey. 

2020-2021 IPR.Global Best Research Awards – Last Call for Application

The deadline to apply for the IPR.Global Best Research Awards (Barbara Fifield Brandt, Hugh Barr, and John Gilbert IPR.Global Awards) is approaching. Applicants need to submit an online application through IPR.Global website along with your Curriculum Vitae and nomination letter by no later than Monday, January 11th, 2021 by 11:59 PM PST. 

The Award winners will be notified by April 30th, 2021, and the Award Presentation Ceremony will occur at ATBH X Conference in Doha, Qatar (October 22-25th, 2021). Virtual participation of the award winners in the ceremony will be available.  

IPR.Global Members Research Network Expression of Interest Survey 

IPR.Global through its Partnership Development Working Group is creating a research network community among the membership to allow broader collaboration, partnership, and mentorship between those with years of expertise and those who are new to the IPECP research. This is a short survey that could take 3-4 minutes to be completed. Please help us empower new generation of IPECP scholars and leaders by completing and widely distributing the Research Network Expression of Interest survey.  

IPR.Global Partnership Development WG Seeking Two New Members

The IPR Global Partnership Development Working Group is seeking two new members for this collaborative Working Group preferably from either Australasia, Europe, or Canada to broaden the representation and perspectives brought to the work of this group. This group currently consists of 3 members, two from the United States and one from Jordan. 

The purpose of the IPR.Global Partnership Development Working Group is to broadly communicate the ongoing work of a global interprofessional research community where individuals partner and collaborate to discuss, investigate, and disseminate global interprofessional research. Currently, this group has been focusing their efforts on three strategic goals, which include 1) communication, 2) collaboration (connectivity), and 3) partnerships and sponsorships. 

This group also interfaces with and coordinates with a Communication Task Force to implement agreed-upon strategies through the technical expertise of IPR.Global members. This Working Group meets monthly for one hour and seeks volunteers interested in serving for a two-year term. 
If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity or learning more about this collaborative Working Group, please feel free to e-mail either Jody Frost or Andrea Pfeifle who co-share leadership of this group. 

InterprofessionalResearch.Global Updates Blog

InterprofessionalResearch.Global has developed a blog to foster communication among its members and its regional network membership across the word.  InterprofessionalResearch.Global Updates serves as a real-time newsletter and provides a means for the broad membership to share important news, events, accomplishments, calls for proposals and other information. These posts all have dedicated URL’s and they will be shared through IPR.Global Twitter at https://twitter.com/global_ipr.

To share your IPECP-related information with the world, please complete and submit the SUBMISSION FORM by providing the following items for your post:

  1. Post topic/title
  2. 1-3 paragraph post narrative
  3. Photo or logo for the post

The blog editors will review and post the blog. If the post needs revision/updates, changes can easily be made. 

Recent Publications (as also posted on IPR.Global Blog) 

  1. Book Chapter – The Resurgence of the Global Research Interprofessional Network

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Link to book web-page: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-40281-5 

  1. The COVID-19 crisis silver lining: interprofessional education to guide future innovation – Journal of Interprofessional Care


Globally, the advent and rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus has created significant disruption to health profession education and practice, and consequently interprofessional education, leading to a model of learning and practicing where much is unknown. Key questions for this ongoing evolution emerge for the global context leading to reflections on future directions for the interprofessional education field and its role in shaping future practice models. Health profession programs around the world have made a dramatic shift to virtual learning platforms in response to closures of academic institutions and restrictions imposed on learners accessing practice settings. Telemedicine, slow to become established in many countries to date, has also revolutionized practice in the current environment. Within the state of disruption and rapid change is the awareness of a silver lining that provides an opportunity for future growth. Key topics explored in this commentary include: reflection on the application of existing competency frameworks, consideration of typology of team structures, reconsideration of theoretical underpinnings, revisiting of core dimensions of education, adaptation of interprofessional education activities, and the role in future pandemic planning. As an international community of educators and researchers, the authors consider current observations relevant to interprofessional education and practice contexts and suggest a response from scholarship voices across the globe. The current pandemic offers a unique opportunity for educators, practitioners, and researchers to retain what has served interprofessional education and practice well in the past, break from what has not worked as well, and begin to imagine the new. 
Link to article in the Journal of Interprofessional Care: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/NRG9UQJ7FVQQMFJKZ98G/full

  1. A longitudinal survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on interprofessional education and collaborative practice: a study protocol


Since the World Health Organisation declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic in early March 2020, the virus has been linked with serious illness, death, and social disruption around the world. The scope of the outbreak is rapidly evolving and ever changing. Many countries, cities and towns declared major closures and issued shelter-in-place orders. While phased re-opening is now occurring in many countries, the impact of the pandemic has been unprecedented. It is widely accepted that healthcare education and practice, including interprofessional education and collaborative practice, has been and will continue to be affected in profound ways. However, the severity and extent of the impact is yet to be determined and is likely to vary internationally. The study protocol reported here is a first attempt to systematically capture observations, experiences, and reflections globally with a view to identifying priorities for interprofessional education and collaborative practice research and development in the years to come, as well as inform future pandemic preparedness.
Access the Survey at the IPR.Global website: https://research.interprofessional.global/covid19-survey/
Access the article at the journal webpage: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13561820.2020.1798901 

  1. Interprofessional education and collaborative practice research during the COVID-19 pandemic: Considerations to advance the field – a Journal of Interprofessional Care guest editorial by IPR.Global taskforce

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Amid a global pandemic, learners, educators, administrators, researchers, practitioners, and service users find themselves in exceptional, unparalleled, and unusual circumstances. The interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) research community has been affected in a multitude of ways and vast changes are being experienced leaving one to wonder whether we are alone in a field that espouses unity and if there is guidance available. In late 2019, InterprofessionalResearch.Global (IPR.Global) and Interprofessional.Global (IP.Global) authored a discussion paper to rouse dialogue and offer perspectives for the global IPECP research agenda (Khalili et al., 2019). The long-term aim was to advance IPECP theory and research by 2022, through recommendations for research priorities and counsel on theoretical frameworks, research methodologies, and formation of research teams. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a rapid transformation to online IPECP, necessitating evaluation of the impact on students, programs, service users, and the healthcare system. Understandably, many are now asking how to continue to move forward, or even restart, IPECP research in this “new normal”. In response, IPR.Global formed a COVID-19 taskforce, from which an editorial was developed, to shed light on IPR.Global’s proposed recommendations for research teams and offer ways to forge ahead. 
Access the article at the journal webpage: 
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13561820.2020.1807481

  1. Journal of Interprofessional Care Article Addresses the Implications of Transitioning IPE to Virtual EnvironmentsOnline interprofessional education during and post the COVID-19 pandemic


Dr. Khalili has just published a Commentary in the COVID Special Issue of the Journal of Interprofessional Care. In this Online IPE during and post the COVID-19 pandemic commentary paper, Dr. Khalili discussed the conundrum that the pandemic has posed to many. Educators/facilitators are expected to employ online education, but some may lack the knowledge and expertise to create and facilitate an engaging, positive, and supportive online environment for their students. IPE itself is quite complex and challenging for many educators as in IPE we are working with diverse students’ population who come with different professional backgrounds, knowledge, skills and experience, while many of them may have preconceived notions and prejudices against each other. Adding another layer of complexity to this equation by fully transitioning IPE into a virtual environment is indeed a further challenge. This report discusses the application of Meaningful Discourse and the Community of Inquiry principles on developing online learning communities in interprofessional education.

You can access to the article here:
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13561820.2020.1792424 

  1. Effects of IPE program on interprofessional socialization and dual identity development

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Dr. Hossein Khalili and Dr. Carole Orchard recently published a paper in the Journal of Interprofessional Care reporting on the results of his study on testing the application of his original interprofessional socialization (IPS) framework in developing dual identity among learners. In this study, an IPE program developed based on the core concepts of the IPS framework was used. More than hundred students from seven different health professions participated in the IPS-based IPE intervention program. The outcome of the quasi-experimental portion of this mixed-method study demonstrated a significant and consistent growth in dual identity among the participants. The thematic analysis revealed four themes (uniprofessional education as a barrier, IPS program as an eye-opener, learning to collaborate, and collective unified team). The integrated qualitative and quantitative findings support the application of the IPS framework in creating dual (professional and interprofessional) identity among learners.

The article is available via this link:
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13561820.2019.1709427

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