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Call for papers - Advancing healthcare systems with interprofessional education and collaboration

Guest Editors:
Salman Yousuf Guraya: University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Sue Pullon: University of Otago, New Zealand
Kerry Wilbur: University of British Columbia, Canada

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 30 November 2023

BMC Medical Education is calling for submissions to our Collection on Advancing healthcare systems with interprofessional education and collaboration. This collection seeks to determine the missing links between the determinants and processes of collaboration at several levels, including links among learners, teachers and professionals, organisations, as well as among political, socio-economic and cultural systems.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Salman Yousuf Guraya: University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Professor Salman Guraya is a medical educator, minimally invasive general and colorectal surgeon, editor, an academic professional, and director of surgical courses by RCS England. Currently, he is serving as Vice Dean of College of Medicine and Head of Surgical Unit at University of Sharjah. He has vast experience in developing the climate of interprofessional education and collaborative practice and in inculcating technology-enhanced strands in medical education.

Sue Pullon: University of Otago, New Zealand
Sue Pullon is Emeritus Professor at the Interprofessional Education Centre and Department of Primary Health Care, University of Otago, New Zealand. She has wide teaching and research experience in interprofessional education and collaborative practice, in primary care and youth health. She was a general practitioner for over 30 years and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.


Kerry Wilbur: University of British Columbia, Canada
Kerry Wilbur is Associate Professor and Executive Director of Entry-to-Practice Education at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia. As a team-pharmacist, clinical supervisor, educator, and researcher, Dr. Wilbur has been committed to interprofessional practice collaboration for more than 20 years and is an advocate for interprofessional education in pharmacy training programs locally and internationally.

About the collection

This collection highlights the ever increasing need to better integrate the complementary skills and practice of different health profession disciplines (e.g. dietetics, dentistry, midwifery, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, oral health, paramedicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, social work, speech language therapy, and more) for better patient care in better healthcare systems. This calls for the contributions of novel and innovative research about interprofessional learning, education, practice, and collaboration in health and social care at all levels. Dissemination of such research on interprofessional practice would certainly permit the development of a better understanding of a phenomenon for the development of a cohesive and integrated health care practice among professionals in response to societal needs. The seamless application of the concept of ‘interprofessional’ carries great promise in the development of integrated knowledge and skills, rather than fragmented disciplinary knowledge and practice.

Despite a central role of interprofessional practice in the medical field, implementation of this concept has been challenging and has only made some ground with concerted effort and perseverance. Traditionally, there exists a gap between interprofessional education and interprofessional practice, which needs to be bridged using a common basis for analysis. This collection seeks to determine the missing links between the determinants and processes of collaboration at several levels, including links among learners, teachers and professionals, torganisations, as well as among political, socio-economic and cultural systems.

The ultimate goal of the collection will be to further strengthen and emphasise the pivotal role of interprofessional education for collaborative and patient-centred practice. 

Key themes:

- Mechanisms to facilitate interprofessional practice among healthcare professionals and across health workforces

- Mechanisms to facilitate interprofessional practice within and across healthcare organizations

- Changing attitudes towards collaborative practice

- The role of interprofessional education and collaboration in pre- and post-registration training and education across the health and social care professions

- Enhancing interprofessional education and practice in a patient-centred system

- Promoting healthcare systems with interprofessional practice

- Team working in interprofessional care 

The collection invites the following types of articles for possible publication:

  • Research articles
  • Narrative reviews
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Scoping reviews
  • Commentaries
  • Study Protocols
  1. Healthcare students must learn to collaborate across professional boundaries so they can make use of each other’s knowledge and competencies in a way that benefits the patient. One aspect of interprofessional ...

    Authors: Tove Törnqvist, Annika Lindh Falk, Catrine Buck Jensen, Anita Iversen and Pia Tingström
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2023 23:648
  2. Inappropriate ventilator settings, non-adherence to a lung-protective ventilation strategy, and inadequate patient monitoring during mechanical ventilation can potentially expose critically ill children to add...

    Authors: Pazun Mehrzai, Thormen Höfeler, Chinedu Ulrich Ebenebe, Parisa Moll-Khosrawi, Süha Demirakça, Eik Vettorazzi, Marlies Bergers, Mandy Lange, Sabine Dreger, Hanna Maruhn, Dominique Singer and Philipp Deindl
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2023 23:610
  3. A partnership model in interprofessional education (IPE) is important in promoting a sense of global citizenship while preparing students for cross-sector problem-solving. However, the literature remains scant...

    Authors: Fraide Ganotice Jr, Binbin Zheng, Pauline Yeung Ng, Siu Chung Leung, Elizabeth Ann Barrett, Hoi Yan Celia Chan, Chad W. N. Chan, Kit Wa Sherry Chan, Linda Chan, M. K. Karen Chan, Siu Ling Polly Chan, So Ching Sarah Chan, Esther W. Y. Chan, Julie Chen, Yuet Ying Jessica Cheuk, Yin Kei Doris Chong…
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2023 23:457
  4. Peer-assisted learning (PAL) is exchanging knowledge between learners often from similar professional levels. Limited evidence exists on the effectiveness of PAL between different healthcare professions. The p...

    Authors: C. Allyson Jones, Johnson Ching-hong Li, Mark Hall, Renette Bertholet, Tarek Turk and Cheryl A. Sadowski
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2023 23:301
  5. The global coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic put extreme pressure on healthcare systems worldwide, forcing a heavy workload on healthcare professionals. Frontline treatment and care for patients with coronavir...

    Authors: Malin Heiden, Camilla Bernild, Selina Kikkenborg Berg, Ilkay Dagyaran, Malene Missel, Signe Westh Christensen, Signe Stelling Risom and Ida Elisabeth Højskov
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2023 23:299
  6. Rapid demographic, epidemiological, technological, cultural/behavioural, and educational transitions, as they become more complex, demand new integrated and complementary professional skills and abilities. Int...

    Authors: Jéssica Rodrigues da Silva Noll Gonçalves, Rodrigo Noll Gonçalves, Saulo Vinicius da Rosa, Juliana Schaia Rocha Orsi, Karoline Maria Santos de Paula, Samuel Jorge Moysés and Renata Iani Werneck
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2023 23:236
  7. The growing demand for more efficient, timely, and safer health services, together with insufficient resources, put unprecedented pressure on health systems worldwide. This challenge has motivated the applicat...

    Authors: Luis Montesinos, David Ernesto Salinas-Navarro and Alejandro Santos-Diaz
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2023 23:207
  8. Effective screening of alcohol use and prevention of alcohol use disorder (AUD) requires the continuous preparation of educated and confident providers across all health professions who will ideally work in cl...

    Authors: Scott Edwards, Tekeda F. Ferguson, Sonia Gasparini, Donald E. Mercante, Patricia E. Molina and Tina P. Gunaldo
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2023 23:126
  9. Teamwork and communication are essential tools for doctors, nurses and other team members in the management of critically ill patients. Early interprofessional education during study, using acute care simulati...

    Authors: Pepijn Krielen, Malon Meeuwsen, Edward C. T. H. Tan, Jolanda H. Schieving, Annelies J. E. M. Ruijs and Nynke D. Scherpbier
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2023 23:105
  10. Communication among interprofessional healthcare worker teams is critical to ensure a thriving and resilient workforce. We will evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of the Alda Healthcare Experience (...

    Authors: Heid Preis, Mallory Dobias, Katherine Cohen, Elizabeth Bojsza, Clare Whitney and Susmita Pati
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2022 22:897
  11. Team cohesiveness and collective efficacy have been construed as important characteristics of a high-functioning team. However, the psychological mechanism through which they promote positive outcomes remains ...

    Authors: Fraide A. Ganotice Jr., Linda Chan, Xiaoai Shen, Angie Ho Yan Lam, Gloria Hoi Yan Wong, Rebecca Ka Wai Liu and George L. Tipoe
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2022 22:820

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system SNAPP. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Advancing healthcare systems with interprofessional education and collaboration" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.