Research on interprofessional entry-level education in Australia: A systematic review
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The World Health Organisation (`WHO), recognised as the originator of the interprofessional education (IPE) movement, continues to stress the importance of team practice and education to promote effective teamwork in healthcare. This paper discusses IPE and its use in entry-level health professional programs and presents findings from a systematic review of Australian IPE research that focussed on entry-level programs. The systematic process identified only 12 papers, reporting on eight IPE research projects conducted in the past decade in Australia. Seven of these projects dealt with student experience of IPE, one described the development of a tool for use in IPE. It is interesting to note that five of the seven papers to report findings of student experiences of IPE arose from rurally-based initiatives. Findings from this systematic review indicate a pressing need to increase the evidence base in IPE in Australia to better inform educational practice in this critical area.