The Methodological Development of an Interprofessional Educational Program to Provide Proactive Integrated Care for Elders

Authors Linda Smit , Jeroen Dikken , Marjolein van Wijk , Inge Pool , Marieke Schuurmans , Niek de Wit , Nienke Bleijenberg
Published in Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education
Publication date 1 November 2020
Research groups Chronic Diseases
Type Article


Background: Interprofessional collaboration in practice (IPCP) between professionals from the medical and social domain within primary care is desirable; however, it is also challenging due to fragmented healthcare. Little is known about the development of IPCP in primary care to fit the implementation context. is article describes the methodological development and the final content of an IPCP program. Methods and findings:e development process started with the identification of IPCP competencies in a literature review and a qualitative needs analysis with semi-structured interviews among eight elders and four healthcare professionals. e results were discussed during a first consultation with an expert team, which consisted of ten healthcare professionals. Consensus was reached on the themes role identity, communication, and shared vision development to form the basis of the program. A second consultation with the experts discussed the first version of the program. en, consensus was reached on the final version of the program, which included a blended learning approach consisting of two face-to-face meetings, online learning, and on-the-job learning with a sixteen-hour time investment over a six-week period. Conclusions: e IPCP program was developed based on educational strategies and evidence, and with the support and knowledge of practice experts to fit the implementation context.


Language English
Published in Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education
Year and volume 9 2
Key words interprofessional collaboration, interprofessional education, primary care, elders, co-creation, Development

Linda Smit

Linda Smit | Researcher | Research group Chronic Diseases

Linda Smit

  • Researcher
  • Research group: Chronic Diseases