What is Interprofessional Education (IPE)?
IPE is when two or more professions learn about, from, and with each to foster effective collaboration and improve outcomes and the quality of care (e.g., Thistlethwaite & Nisbet, 2007; WHO, 2010).
What is Interprofessional Practice (IPP)?
IPP is when two or more professionals effectively collaborate together to improve outcomes and the quality of care for their client/patient. With IPP, there is no preconceived hierarchy (e.g., WHO, 2010).
What Isn’t IPE and IPP?
IPE isn’t happening when two or more professions learn side by side each other, with no interaction or no learning from each other. IPE is not the same as multi- or transdisciplinary interactions. A multidisciplinary approach involves multiple disciplines but it does not, by definition, necessarily involve professionals, or pre-professionals, learning about, from, and with each to foster effective collaboration.
IPE also is not cross-training. Cross-training occurs when professionals, or pre-professionals, are taught to perform job functions for other professions. This is not the goal of IPE.
Finally, IPP isn’t happening when two or more professionals are serving the same client/patient but not working collaboratively as a team, with a preconceived hierarchy.
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