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Interprofessional Education

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Please read the two articles on Interprofessional Education and send comments on them.

Interprofessional education is the learning that was formerly known as Interdisciplinary education and refers to learning among the team. As has been discussed previously, it is key that the entire team be trained, not just the physician receiving CME/CPD. When each member understands their role and is able to fulfill its need, the quality of care increases and the importance of the team functioning as a whole increases.


Your assignment:

choose one of the two articles below (exec summaries are included) and answer the question:

In what ways is interprofessional education  effective? Please provide an example and also provide a rationale for your comments. You may post your responses on the page marked Responses.Class 9



Training health and social care professionals to work together effectively
Health and social care professionals, such as doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and social workers, need to work together effectively to
take care of patients effectively. Unfortunately, professionals may not always work well together. Training and educational programmes
have been developed as a possible way to improve how professionals work together to take care of patients. Interprofessional education
(IPE) is any type of educational, training, teaching or learning session in which two or more health and social care professions are
learning interactively.
This review found six studies that evaluated the effects of IPE. Four of these studies found that IPE improved some ways in how
professionals worked together and the care they provided. It improved the working culture in an emergency department and patient
satisfaction; decreased errors in an emergency department; improved themanagement of the care delivered to domestic violence victims;
and improved the knowledge and skills of professionals providing care to mental health patients. But two of those four studies also
found that IPE had little to no effect on other areas. Two other studies found that IPE had little to no effect at all.
The studies evaluated different types of IPE and were not of high quality. It is, therefore, difficult to be certain about the effect of IPE
and to understand the key features of IPE to train health and social care professionals to work together effectively.



At a time when the world is facing a
shortage of health workers, policymakers
are looking for innovative
strategies that can help them develop
policy and programmes to bolster the
global health workforce. The Framework
for Action on Interprofessional Education
and Collaborative Practice highlights
the current status of interprofessional
collaboration around the world, identifies
the mechanisms that shape successful
collaborative teamwork and outlines a
series of action items that policy-makers
can apply within their local health system
(Figure 1). The goal of the Framework is
to provide strategies and ideas that will
help health policy-makers implement the
elements of interprofessional education
and collaborative practice that will be
most beneficial in their own jurisdiction.

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