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Abstract

BACKGROUND Sports medicine has grown from a special interest area in healthcare to an established profession in its own right. Containing many specialties and a range of professional inputs there are complex dynamics at work which often dictate the provision of care. Whilst interprofessional interventions have been successfully applied in more mainstream healthcare contexts there has been no equivalent application in sports medicine. PURPOSE We seek to map the literature to explore interprofessional collaboration, interaction and tension in sports medicine. METHOD The study utilised a scoping review methodology followed by a thematic analysis. DISCUSSION & CONCLUSIONS The review located 13 studies which provided an insight into a number of key themes which affect interprofessional collaboration (IPC) in a variety of athletic contexts. All of these themes relate to IPC. The structured introduction of interprofessional education programmes for sports medicine professionals and others, will enable a response to the numerous challenges identified in the review.

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The authors declare that they have no competing interests

Publication Date

5-12-2017

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