Effective Interprofessional Education: Argument, Assumption and Evidence

Effective Interprofessional Education: Argument, Assumption and Evidence

Author(s): Hugh Barr, Ivan Koppel, Scott Reeves, Marilyn Hammick, Della Freeth

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405116541

Online ISBN: 9780470776445

DOI: 10.1002/9780470776445

About this Book

This volume presents a systematic review of interprofessional education in health and social care. This is accompanied by a wider-ranging critique of interprofessional education, grounded by experience, and informed by sources beyond the evaluations that qualified for inclusion in the review. Synthesising the evidence base for interprofessional education nevertheless remains central, with 353 studies surveyed in the first instance, from which 107 studies form the basis for the final analysis.


The book does much more than amass evidence. It revisits conventional wisdom; setting an agenda to help interested parties perform better by applying lessons learned, remedying weaknesses and renewing efforts to address unanswered questions. The first three chapters set the scene for the systematic review and its findings. The middle section of the book articulates the findings of the review. Finally, the closing chapters consider values and attitudes, theoretical perspectives and offer conclusions.


Arguments, assumptions and evidence in this publication are presented to inform policy making, programme planning, teaching and research.

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