A1 Journal article – refereed

Healthcare professionals' perceptions of the pre-requisites and realisation of interprofessional collaboration in cancer care

List of Authors: Moilanen T, Leino-Kilpi H, Koskela I, Kuusisto H, Siekkinen M, Sulosaari V, Vahlberg T, Stolt M

Publication year: 2020

Journal: European Journal of Cancer Care

Volume number: 29

Issue number: 1

Number of pages: 10

ISSN: 0961-5423

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecc.13197


The purpose of this study is to describe the pre‐requisites and realisation of interprofessional collaboration as perceived by healthcare professionals working in the cancer care setting and to produce knowledge to support the development of collaborative practices.


This study employed a descriptive survey design. The data were collected in one Finnish cancer centre between May and October 2018 from nurses, physicians and other healthcare professionals using an electronic survey (n = 350). The survey focused on the pre‐requisites of interprofessional collaboration (appreciation and competence) and its realisation in cancer care. The data were analysed using descriptive and interferential statistics.


The pre‐requisites of interprofessional collaboration were perceived as good and the collaboration was well realised in the cancer centre. The perceptions of pre‐requisites and realisation were associated with each other. Male respondents, physicians and professionals belonging to interprofessional teams had more positive perceptions of the pre‐requisites and realisation of interprofessional collaboration than others.


The findings indicate that the pre‐requisites of interprofessional collaboration and its realisation seem to be well implemented in the cancer care setting. However, the ongoing evaluation of interprofessional collaboration requires further attention from healthcare administration and professionals to support the systematic development of collaborative practices.

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