Interprofessional Education

There has been increasing recognition of the key role that effective teamwork plays in improving the quality and safety of health care. The Institute of Medicine called on academic institutions to begin educating health professionals to work collaboratively as part of a report issued in 2001 entitled Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century. Over 10 years later, there has not been significant progress in meeting this recommendation.

With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and a current shortage of health care professionals, increased collaboration and teamwork across the health professions will be necessary to care for an aging population with multiple chronic illnesses. There is now a renewed interest in exploring how team-based care models can be used to improve quality, safety and access, and how interprofessional education (IPE) should be designed for health care professionals to help them learn how to actually work together in teams.

Listed below are some resources and references to assist the College of Pharmacy in implementing IPE.