This doctoral study uses case study method to examine the climate within the health faculty (in Malta) to consider the possibility of introducing inter-professional education there for the first time. It includes 11 focus groups, five key informant interviews, documentary search (two phases), and three sources of data collection: academics, newly qualified health professionals & key informants.
The primary aim of this research is to explore the concept of (potential) undergraduate interprofessional education (IPE) within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Malta.
Since IPE is becoming an internationally desired process within health professional education in particular, unique cultural responses to the concepts. Despite the many positive discourses about IPE, findings revealed a gap between how participants espoused IPE and how they saw it unfolding in practice. IPE seemed logical in concept, but participants feared it would face insurmountable implementation difficulties in Malta. Participants in this study were more willing to “talk the talk as opposed to walk the talk”.
Bonnello M (PhD candidate)
Professor Gaynor Sadlo
University of Malta