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Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPE/IPP)

What is IPE/IPP?

Interprofessional Education

“Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. Once students understand how to work interprofessionally, they are ready to enter the workplace as a member of the collaborative practice team. This is a key step in moving health systems from fragmentation to a position of strength.” (WHO 2010)

Interprofessional collaborative practice

When multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, [careers], and communities to deliver the highest quality of care.” (WHO 2010)
World Health Organization (WHO). (2010). Framework for action on interprofessional education & collaborative practice. Geneva: World Health Organization.

Why IPE/IPP?

Care Management and the Quadruple Aim: A Framework for Achieving Value-based Care developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement that was later expanded to what we now call the Quadruple Aim. 

Image was cited from Strategies for Quality Care.

Institute of Medicine (IOM)'s Core Principles of Patient Safety and Quality of Care: six aims for the health care system, abbreviated by STEEEP.

  • Safe: Avoiding harm to patients from the care that is intended to help them.
  • Timely: Reducing waits and sometimes harmful delays for both those who receive and those who give care.
  • Effective: Providing services based on scientific knowledge to all who could benefit and refraining from providing services to those not likely to benefit (avoiding underuse and misuse, respectively).
  • Efficient: Avoiding waste, including waste of equipment, supplies, ideas, and energy.
  • Equitable: Providing care that does not vary in quality because of personal characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and socioeconomic status.
  • Patient-centered: Providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.

Reference

Institute of Medicine (IOM). Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century. Washington, D.C: National Academy Press; 2001.