Interprofessional practice and professional identity threat

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The implementation of interprofessional practice (IPP) within healthcare appears to be fraught with difficulties, despite the attention it has received in the literature. Although there are examples where IPP has reaped significant benefits, it has also been shown to impede team performance. We demonstrate that a key cause of failure in IPP can be attributed to interprofessional conflicts based on threats to professional identity, and provide insight into how professional identity faultlines have the potential to be activated and conflict induced when there is differential treatment of professional groups, different values between professions, assimilation, insult or humiliating action and simple contact within the team. This has significant implications for the management of interprofessional healthcare teams and provides information for team leaders and health managers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-307
Number of pages17
JournalHealth Sociology Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • interprofessional
  • teams
  • sociology
  • professional identity
  • identity threat
  • medical dominance


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