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Inter-professional practice
Inter-professional practice
What is ‘Inter-Professional Practice’?

The relatively new concept of inter-professional practice is complex and fraught with difficulty. One difficulty arises from, or is perhaps caused by, the language used to describe such practice. The list of terms includes:

  • multi-professional/disciplinary
  • inter-professional/disciplinary
  • trans-professional/disciplinary
  • integrated services
  • multi-agency
  • partnership working
  • collaborative practice.

This is not an exhaustive list and you can no doubt add to it but it does provide a sense of the multiplicity of terms that can cause some confusion. It is helpful to define and consider the first three prefixes - ‘multi’, ‘inter’ and ‘trans’ - as a means to explore the meaning and purpose of the practice.


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