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What does Interprofessional Education and Practice mean?
Interprofessional education: When two or more health professions learn with and about each other across the spectrum of their education to improve collaboration, practice and the quality of patient-centered care.
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" (Gilbert, Yan, & Hoffman, 2010)
Center for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education. (2014). CAIPE Resources: Defining IPE. CAIPE: Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education. Retrieved July 30, 2014, from http://caipe.org.uk/resources/defining-ipe/
Gilbert, J. H., Yan, J., & Hoffman, S. J. (2010). A WHO report: Framework for action on interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Journal of Allied Health, 39(Supplement 1), 196–197.
Making the Case for IPE/IPP
Interprofessional education and practice is intended to help students and healthcare personnel learn about one another and provide the highest quality of care by promoting knowledge of and maximizing the skill sets of members of other professions within the health services of a community. In a world of ever-more complex health issues and health personnel shortages, collaboration between the health professions is considered a necessity.