Students' reflections on shadowing interprofessional teamwork : a Norwegian case study


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Journal of Interprofessional Care;25 (1)


Informa Healthcare

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This article reports the students’ reflections on interprofessional teamwork during brief exposures to real-life experiences in hospitals or home-based rehabilitation service. Each of the 10 interprofessional groups, comprising three students, followed a rehabilitation team for a day. The composition of each student group correlated with the rehabilitation team. Data were collected from interviews with the student groups and subjected to a thematic analysis. The following four main themes were identified for which the students seemed to affect collaboration: sharing knowledge; team setting and position within the organisation; patient centred focus; and challenges in crossing professional borders when performing tasks. Each of these themes is presented and discussed in relation to the educational literature. In conclusion, the data suggest that a well organized, one-day observation-based learning experience helped to motivate students and helped to enable them to relate theory and practice.



This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Interprofessional care, 2011, 25 (1). Journal of Interprofessional care is available online at URL: Original article available at URL:

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