Experiences and challenges of an interprofessional community of practice in HIV and AIDS in Tshwane district, South Africa

Doriccah Peu, Mmapheko, Mataboge, Sanah, Chinouya, Martha, Jiyane, Priscilla, Rikhotso, Richard, Ngwenya, Tsakani and Mavis Mulaudzi, Fhumulani (2014) Experiences and challenges of an interprofessional community of practice in HIV and AIDS in Tshwane district, South Africa. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 28 (6). pp. 547-552. ISSN 1356-1820

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/13561820.2014.917402


Collaboration amongst stakeholders remains a central tenet to achieving goals in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of HIV and AIDS prevention and care strategies. This paper describes the experiences of members of a health care team who joined efforts to collaborate and form a community of practice (CoP) in HIV and AIDS. Qualitative, exploratory case study methods were used. Twenty-six participants were interviewed. Transcripts from the interviews were subjected to the thematic framework of data analysis. Based on the analysis, three themes emerged as impacting on collaboration and these were: the understanding and expectations of being a CoP member; professionalism and ethics within the CoP and collaboration in HIV and AIDS care. The key findings were that the understanding and expectations from the CoP varied. Ethical principles including respect, trust and confidentiality were identified as key tenets of collaboration and were expressed in various ways. The expectations of being a CoP member, the ethical principles within the CoP all impacted in differing ways on how they collaborated. The implication of this study suggests that consultation during inception and throughout the process, clarification of roles, transparency and respect are cardinal points in professional relationships.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: AIDS; community of practice; HIV; interprofessional collaboration; professionalism; South Africa
Subjects: B700 Nursing
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2014 09:27
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 14:37
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18291

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