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Interprofessional Education

What is 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, p.7).

What is interprofessional collaborative practice?
"When multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds provide comprehensive services by working with patients, their families, carers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings" (WHO, 2010, p.13).

What is Interprofessional team-based care?

"Care delivered by intentionally created, usually relatively small work groups in health care who are recognized by others as well as by themselves as having a collective identity and shared responsibility for a patient or group of patients (e.g., rapid response team, palliative care team, primary care team, operating room team)" (IPEC, 2011, 2016, p. 8).



Interprofessional Education Collaborative [IPEC]. (2011). Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: 2011 Original.

Interprofessional Education Collaborative [IPEC]. (2016). Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: 2016 Update

World Health Organization [WHO]. (2010). Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice


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