Interprofessional education: "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 collaborative practice: "When multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, careers [sic], and communities to deliver the highest quality of care" (WHO, 2010)

Interprofessional teamwork: The levels of cooperation, coordination and collaboration characterizing the relationships between professions in delivering patient-centered care. (WHO, 2010)

An Earlier Definition

Interprofessional Education "occurs when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care." Interprofessional education (IPE) includes all such learning in academic and work based settings before and after qualification, adopting an inclusive view of professional. (CAIPE, 2002) http://www.caipe.org.uk/about-us/defining-ipe/

Desired principles of the interprofessional competencies:

  • Patient/family-centered (hereafter termed "patient-centered")
  • Community/population-oriented
  • Relationship-focused
  • Process-oriented
  • Outcome-driven
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IPE EDUCATION

Students from two or more professions participate in activities to learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes