Healthcare is a collaborative effort. We want to understand how health care professionals from different professions and disciplines can be educated and equipped with necessary tools for successful collaborative practice.

Health Professions Education is constantly evolving to keep pace with societal trends and healthcare needs. Through research and evidence-based educational innovations, we want to understand how IPE can contribute to collaborative practice and improve tailored, patient-centered care.

Our main topics for investigation are:

  • Implementation of IPE in a workplace setting
  • The impact of IPE implementation on interprofessional learning and patient care
  • The impact of professional culture/habitus on interprofessional learning
  • Facilitators of interprofessional identity formation and their interplay with professional identity
  • Pro-interprofessional self-definition as part of professional identity formation
  • The interplay between interprofessional identity, interprofessional competencies and the learning environment
  • The transfer of interprofessional identity and interprofessional competencies to collaborative practice
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Society shapes the need for healthcare workers

Society is changing, both locally and globally. Over the last decades, life expectancy has increased, as has the number of patients with chronic diseases. Technological advances allow for new treatments and diagnoses. More recently, global issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and conflicts have direct and indirect implications for health care. For example, an increase in the number of patients directly affects the quality of healthcare. On the other hand, recent developments have further widened the gap between rich and poor. For the first time in decades, poverty is on the rise. Even in countries with universal health coverage such as the Netherlands, poverty has a negative effect on health and health-seeking behaviour.
As a result, health equity is at risk. While both healthcare demands and expenditures are increasing, the shortage of healthcare workers is also increasing. In the Netherlands, the healthcare worker shortage is estimated to increase from 50.000 to 150.000 over the next decade. Globally, the shortage is estimated to increase from 5 million to 15 million healthcare workers. Societal changes require not only the training of more healthcare workers, but also equipping them with the tools needed to deal with the challenges of these societal changes.


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Marco Versluis Gynaecologist, teacher and researcher

University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
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Lifelong Learning, Education and Assessment Research Network (LEARN)
P.O. Box 196
9700 AD Groningen
The Netherlands

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University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
Research group IPE
9700 AD Groningen
The Netherlands