Education to Practice (E2P) is a statewide initiative encouraging health educators and professionals to work together to increase the number of high-functioning health care teams capable of caring for the whole patient. Using existing staff and students, with very little additional cost, clinics can adopt an E2P model to improve access and quality of patient care.
E2P focuses efforts of promoting interprofessional education through: outreach to clinical environments, sharing best practices in collaborative learning and care, connecting educators and health professionals, assembling stakeholders to take action in advancing interprofessional education and care.
What is Interprofessional Education?
Interprofessional education “occurs when two or more professions learn about, from & with each other to enable effective collaboration & improve health outcomes” (WHO, 2010).
What is Interprofessional Collaborative Practice?
Interprofessional collaborative practice “occurs when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds provide comprehensive health services by working with patients, their families, caregivers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings” (WHO, 2010).
What is a Team?
A team is “a collection of individuals who are interdependent in their tasks, who share responsibility for outcomes, who see themselves and who are seen by others as an intact social entity embedded in one or more larger social systems and who manage their relationships across organizational borders” (Cohen & Bailey, 1997)
What are the benefits of adopting a team-based model of care?<
The benefits of interprofessional collaborative practice include the following:
- More easily access care when they need it
- Improved patient safety
- Reduction in hospital admissions and lengths of stay
- More patient involvement in learning to manage their own health care
- Improved outcomes for people with chronic diseases
- Shorter wait times
- Increased capacity to service a variety of care needs
- Improved workplace and provider satisfaction
- Less tension and conflict among caregivers
- Lower rates of staff turnover
- Better, more efficient use of clinical resources
- Easier recruitment of caregivers
- Better coordination of care
- More comprehensive care
Resources about Core Competencies of Interprofessional Care
The UBC Guide to Incorporating IPE Experiences shares background information about IPE, along with tools and activities for learners to engage in while participating in clinical learning experiences. The authors include activities that students can engage in, a description of competencies, and information about evaluation.
This report is the foundation of the US-based four interprofessional core competencies: values and ethics, interprofessional communcation, teams and teamwork, and roles and responsibilities. This document is supported by every major health profession education organization.
Prior to developing the IPE curriculum at the university, faculty members at the University of Toronto set forth identifying core competencies of interprofessional education, a foundation upon which a curriculum was then built.