Presentation on theme: "Ethics, Interprofessionalism and Healthcare"— Presentation transcript:
1 Ethics, Interprofessionalism and Healthcare Dr. Vicky GunnLearning and Teaching Centre
2 Why is interprofessionalism an ‘ethics’ issue Why is interprofessionalism an ‘ethics’ issue? Where does it fit within an ethics framework?Is interprofessionalism a response to increasing complexity (in terms of specialization) and the consequential awareness that this has an impact on healthcare outcomes?Psycho-dynamics as a way of mediating complexity?
3 Why is interprofessionalism an ‘ethics’ issue Why is interprofessionalism an ‘ethics’ issue? Where does it fit within an ethics framework?
4 Does ethics require us to reflect on what and how we give value to one form of experience/knowledge over another?Does ethics encourage us to reflect on practice when the evidence suggests the possibility of achieving better healthcare outcomes?
5 “a growing body of evidence suggests interprofessionalism offers greater benefits for patient care and safety than multiprofessionalism…”(Bleakley, et al., 2006, p. 467)
6 “Interprofessional relationships continue to be characterized by conflict rather than co-operation..”(Irvine, et al, 2002, p.199)
7 Is interprofessionalism a response to increasing complexity (in terms of specialization) and the consequential awareness that this complexity has an impact on healthcare outcomes?
8 Irvine et al’s Useful Framework (2002) Professional divisionsAuthority and the division of labourSubverting medical dominanceProfessional organizationDifferent value systems (cf Irvine, et al, 2004)Legal effects
9 “Rather than promoting more egalitarian and collaborative social formations, healthcare teams tend to reflect, reproduce and perpetuate the traditional divisions of labour, status systems and systems of authority.”(Irvine, et al., 2002, p. 204)
10 Irvine et al continued Cultural barriers: ‘Intellectual baggage’ Language (eg ‘in shock’)Intra-professional variationIdentityTraining
11 Psycho-dynamics as a way of understanding the complex relational interprofessional issues
12 Let’s try this assumption: “When we list apparent obstacles to interprofessionalism, we are just embodying inter-group emotionality and psychodynamics within a reason-based framework. The actual behaviours and attitudes expressed are far less reason-based”