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Interprofessional Education

The World Health Organization (WHO 2010 Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice) has defined…

Interprofessional Education (IPE) as:
“when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health.
Interprofessional Practice (IPP) occurs:
“when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, care givers, and communities to deliver the highest quality of care.”

The purpose of Interprofessional Education is to prepare health professions students for Interprofessional Practice by teaching collaborative practice competencies within the context of Interprofessional Teams. Research shows that effective health care teams are a factor in improved patient safety and quality of patient-centered care. Effective teamwork can help accomplish the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Quintuple Aim – improving population health, enhancing the care experience, reducing costs, care team well-being, and advancing health equity.

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