Putting patients first will help interprofessional education

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7287.676/a (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:676
  1. Charles Campion-Smith, general practitioner,
  2. Peter Wilcock, chartered clinical psychologist
  1. Institute of Health and Community Studies, Bournemouth University, Royal London House, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH1 3LT

    EDITOR—We read Finch's paper on interprofessional education with interest but were surprised that there was little reference to the needs of patients.1 We too struggle with the definition and true meaning of interprofessional and with the logistical barriers to getting learners, both before and after qualification, together. The regional collaborative of the NHS Executive South West recently defined interprofessional learning and development as a process in which two or more professional groups come together and …

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