Interprofessional Education (IPE) in the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences seeks to:
- Provide faculty, staff, students, and community partners with transformative interprofessional learning experiences that support the development of critical thinking skills needed for client and population centered collaborative practice
- Advance research and scholarly activity of interprofessional education and collaborative practice
- Advance knowledge in evidenced-based practice, ethics, diversity and inclusion, and spirituality to promote a caring interprofessional team-based approach
What is interprofessional education?
Interprofessional Education (IPE) is “when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.” (WHO, 2010)
Interprofessional Collaboration, as taken from World Health Organization "happens when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, carers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings.”
The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) defined interprofessional collaboration through four core competencies:
- Values/Ethics for IP Practice
- Roles/Responsibilities for Collaborative Practice
- IP Communication Practices
- IP Teamwork and Team-Based Practice
Why do we need interprofessional collaboration?
(As taken from World Health Professions Alliance)
Effective interprofessional collaborative practice (ICP) can lead to:
- Improved access to health interventions and improved coordination between different sectors for individuals and their families with more involvement in decision making
- A comprehensive, coordinated, and safe health system that is responsive to the needs of the population
- Efficient use of resources
- Reduced incidence and prevalence of disability. In particular, disability associated with noncommunicable diseases when health systems embrace ICP across the full course of the disease (health promotion, illness and injury prevention as well as disease management and cure, and rehabilitation)
- Increased job satisfaction, with reduced stress and burnout of health professionals.