Health care system leadership views on competencies for a collaborative-ready health workforce

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Background: The inability to meet the population health needs of a diverse society has become a driving focus in the revolution and evolution of health care. This transformation must consider community health system leadership perspectives in determining the elements necessary to produce desired change within a local context. Purpose: To determine what a regional sample of health care system leaders believe are the required prioritized competencies that entry-level healthcare professionals must demonstrate in order to contribute to a successful interprofessional practice model. Method: In-depth interviews and ranking surveys were used to determine leadership perspectives on the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) interprofessional competencies of greatest priority relative to their organizational values. Discussion & conclusions: Findings demonstrated that health systems in this region expect entry-level clinicians to possess excellent non-technical traits and abilities to contribute to quality collaborative practice outcomes, with ten specific key interprofessional competencies identified to guide academic interprofessional curricular design and performance assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100351
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Education and Practice
StatePublished - Sep 2020

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  • Collaborative competency
  • Interprofessional education
  • Interprofessional evaluation
  • Mixed methods
  • System leadership


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