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Theories of power in interprofessional research – developing the field

Cohen Konrad, Shelley, Fletcher, Simon, Hood, Rick, Patel, Kunal (2019) Theories of power in interprofessional research – developing the field. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 33 (5). pp. 401-405. ISSN 1356-1820. (doi:10.1080/13561820.2019.1669544) (KAR id:97023)


This guest editorial introduces a special issue on theories of power in interprofessional research. Building

on the intentions of the late Professor Scott Reeves, Distinguished Editor of this Journal, the identification that the notions of power have been visible yet relatively inconsistent in interprofessional research

warranted a focused attempt to draw together scholarship from across the globe. Power runs throughout and often dictates interprofessional dynamics yet the visibility of theoretical engagement with the

subject has not reflected this. We would therefore like to invite submissions which attempt to address

the issue of power in interprofessional contexts, utilizing theory to explore empirical phenomena, case

studies, conceptual thought or evidence review. The piece below provides a brief, speculative overview

of theoretical contributions which focus on power and how they may be used to inform interprofessional research. Including examples of previous application of theory, possible approaches to framing

and insight into conflictual, consensual and constitutive modes of thought the aim here is to suggest

ways in which potential contributors might frame their submissions. Given that coherent inteprofessional engagement is influenced by power systems and struggles, the need to bring together work

which attempts to understand and respond to this has become a pressing contemporary concern.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13561820.2019.1669544
Uncontrolled keywords: Power, Theory, Interprofessional research
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Simon Fletcher
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2022 15:04 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2023 10:12 UTC
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