Exploring the Impact of Aligning Interprofessional Education and Practice on Patient Outcomes

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Date Developed: 06/20/2016. Source: National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. Presenter(s): Sarah Shrader, PharmD, FCCP, BCPC, CDE; Jana Zaudke, MD, MA. Type: Webinar Archive. Level: Intermediate. Length: 90 minutes.


The interprofessional education movement is increasing in health professions curricula. However, the need for this training in “real” practice environments is not widely reported in the literature. In response, there have been recent calls for improved alignment of interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP). In addition, assessing the influence of this type of interprofessional learning on patient outcomes is important. During the webinar, the presenters describe the educational needs of aligning IPECP and measuring the impact on patients. They use our IPECP model as a case-study to highlight the influence of interprofessional learners as value-added and discuss meaningful ways that this type of alignment can create healthcare practice transformation. Finally, they explain the Triple Aim as a framework to describe the impact of IPECP on patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives

• Describe the need for alignment of interprofessional education and practice.

• Identify opportunities for measuring the impact of interprofessional education and practice on patient outcomes.

• Discuss a case-study that explores an IPECP model and the outcomes for patients.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.