IPE involves two or more health and social care professions learning “about, from and with each other” (WHO, 2010) across the learning continuum from pre-licensure education to continuing education.
IPE incorporates an interactive learning approach and has been linked to the development of interprofessional collaborative practice core competencies which in turn leads to improved patient outcomes.
Interprofessional education and practice is needed everywhere-- in the classroom and simulation lab, at the bedside, and across the community. Following are some of the ways UVA is bringing together healthcare students at all levels:
- Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy experts shared collaborative strategies for comprehensively caring for patients with spinal cord injuries.
- An interprofessional (IP) panel presented engaging collaborative strategies in caring for complex oncology patients.
- IP Cardiology clinicians presented their collaborative approach to patient and family-centered care at UVA.
- Registered Dietician interns provided collaborative aproaches to addressing the nutritional needs of diabetic patients.
- Athletic Trainers shared their expertise in musculosketetal exams in a hands-on IP workshop.