When I think like us, I will act like us: Interprofessional identity and its relevance to the Turkish healthcare context

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    Current literature shows that the Turkish healthcare faces similar challenges like others countries worldwide. Complex conditions increase within its population and integrated care services become increasingly important because of this. Inherent to integrated services are combined interventions which are often more effective compared to single interventions. This is why interprofessional collaboration, the process of combining interventions of different professions to achieve coherent joint outcomes, also becomes increasingly important. Unlike multiprofessional collaboration, interprofessional collaboration depends on the willingness to share information and expertise between different individual professionals. in order to align their services for shared patients. in order to align their services for shared patients. This is why interprofessional collaboration also depends on the degree to which an individual can identify with an interprofessional role. Since individuals have widening circles of group membership and because a social identity is a social construct, it must be possible to facilitate interprofessional identity formation. However, hardly any scientific theory exists regarding such identity. Yet, recent studies regarding a new scientific theory on interprofessional identity – extended professional identity theory – show promising results regarding its construct, its formation, and its predictive properties. This theory defines interprofessional identity as the degree to which an individual feels a sense of interprofessional belonging and commitment and to which he or she holds interprofessional beliefs. This three-This is in line with earlier studies on social identities in general regardless of identity group or identity category. So far, a Turkish instrument to measure interprofessional identity was not yet developed. For this reason Dr. Giray Kolcu and Dr. Ìnci Kolcu initiated, designed and organized research on interprofessional identity in Turkey. The initial results of their Turkish version of the extended professional identity scale – EPIS-TR – show strong psychometric properties similar to the original version. More research is required to further understand interprofessional identity formation in Turkey and how it can contribute to better clinical outcomes.
    Gehouden opSuleyman Demirel University, Turkey
    Mate van erkenningInternational