Purpose: Throughout all healthcare systems, healthcare workers collaborate interprofessionally and intraprofessionally. Studies show that successful teamwork within a healthcare team leads to an increase in patient satisfaction and outcomes. The purpose of this scoping review is to explore and examine the literature on allied health and nursing intraprofessional education and determine best approaches for educators to successfully implement intraprofessional education in allied health and nursing curriculums. Method: A literature search was conducted between July 7, 2022 through July 9, 2022. The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses Extension for Scoping Reviews (PRISMA- ScR) was used for this scoping review. Five databases (PubMed, ERIC, PsychINFO, MEDLINE, and CINAHL Complete) were explored. Results: Two hundred twenty-one titles and abstracts were screened for inclusion. After initial screening, 177 articles were excluded, leaving 44 articles for full review. Thirty-three studies assessed were excluded after full review, leaving 11 articles to be included in the study. A hand search was performed on the 11 included articles, yielding an additional 90 articles for title and abstract review, 69 articles were excluded for relevance. Of the 21 remaining hand searched articles 11 were excluded, leaving a total of 19 combined articles left for data extraction. Conclusion: Studies on the effectiveness of intraprofessional educational programming in allied health is limited due to low level evidence. However, this review provides many ways in which educators can develop and implement intraprofessional experiences within curriculums that show promising results.
Galvan K, Lunsford D. Intraprofessional Education in Allied Health and Nursing Curricula. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2023 Sep 21;21(4), Article 23.