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The Longitudinal Interprofessional LIP Study
The LIP Study is exploring health professionals’ attitudes and skills related to collaborative team work and how these change over their final year of training and their first three years of professional practice.
The Longitudinal Interprofessional (LIP) Study is a collaboration between the Eastern Institute of Technology, Otago Polytechnic, and the University of Otago. It is hosted by the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice at the University of Otago, Wellington.
The LIP Study is exploring attitudes and skills related to collaborative health care practice in practitioners from the disciplines of Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, and Physiotherapy.
Over 550 students completed baseline surveys before entering their final year of professional training in 2015, representing 85% of their year groups. These students were surveyed again at the end their training in 2015 with an 87% response rate. This group of participants will be surveyed again at the end of each of their first three years of professional practice.
In 2016, a second cohort of students has been added to the study to improve the study's ability to explore the influence of interprofessional education opportunities on subsequent career development.
The information which these participants provide will help to inform how health professionals are trained in the future.
Health care relies on the skills of many health and other professionals. Effective collaboration between a range of disciplines is needed for supporting people with long-term or complex needs. There are different models for helping health care professionals to work in collaborative teams, and there are different times when this type of training can be provided.
Currently very little is known about how collaborative attitudes and skills change throughout pre-registration training and in the first few years of professional practice. Similarly, little is known about factors which influence these attitudes and skills.
The LIP study will improve understanding about the development of interprofessional attitudes and skills over time. The information gained will help to inform the training of future health professionals. The involvement of such a large group of participants from seven different health care disciplines will ensure that quality information is gathered, and that this is useful to a range of health disciplines.
The LIP Study will also explore factors which influence career choices such as location (e.g. rural or urban), practice setting (e.g. primary or secondary care), and vocation. An improved understanding of influences upon these choices may help the health system to better adapt training to meet future needs.
These will be published in academic journals and presented at conferences. Participants will be advised when results become available.