Benefits of IPE/C

What does the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (2011) have to say?
“Teamwork adds value by bringing about patient/family and community/population out- comes that promote overall health and wellness, prevent illness, provide comprehensive care for disease, rehabilitate patients, and facilitate effective care during the last stages of life, at an affordable cost.”

What does the World Health Organization (2010) think?
“Interprofessional health- care teams understand how to optimize the skills of their members, share case management and provide better health-services to patients and the community. The resulting strengthened health system leads to improved health outcomes.”

Benefits to Patients
Patients benefit from a collaborative approach to care in the following ways:

  • Patients can 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

Benefits to Providers and Practice
Health professionals and practices benefit from a collaborative approach to care in the following ways:

  • Increased capacity to service a variety of care needs, including mental health care, patient self-management, immunizations, home visits, and chronic disease monitoring
  • 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

References
References
Barrett, J., Curran, V., Glynn, L., Godwin, M. (2007). CHSRF synthesis: Interprofessional collaboration and quality primary healthcare. Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. Retrieved fromhttp://www.georgebrown.ca/ipe/CHSRF_Synthesis_Report_on_Interprof_Col-lab_2007.aspx
Government of Manitoba. (2012). Primary Care Interprofessional Team Toolkit. Retrieved from http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/primarycare/pctit.html
HealthForce Ontario. (2010). Implementing Interprofessional Care in Ontario: Final Report of the Interprofessional Care Strategic Implementation Committee. Retrieved fromhttp://www.healthforceontario.ca/upload/en/whatishfo/ipcproject/hfo%20ip…
Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel. (2011). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: Report of an expert panel. Washington, D.C.: Interprofessional Education Collaborative. Retrieved fromhttp://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/ipecre-port.pdf
World Health Organization. (2010). Framework for action on interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/hrh/resources/framework_action/en/

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