Background

The University of Kentucky Center for Interprofessional HealthCare Education, Research and Practice was established on June 14, 2010, by the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees for the explicit purpose of promoting teamwork and excellence in patient- and community-centered care through interprofessional education, research, and practice. More recently, the Center has been refocused to concentrate specifically on the educational mission, leading to a title change to the Center for Interprofessional Health Education. Our research activities now focus on educational strategies and their effectiveness, while the study of interprofessional team-based practice is the province of the Center for Health Services Research. The Center is dedicated to providing leadership and sustaining the infrastructure that enables our students to acquire the critical competencies of interprofessional team-based care. They are:

  • Values / Ethics - Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values
  • Roles/Responsibilities - Use the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the healthcare needs of the patients and populations served
  • Interprofessional Communication - Communicate with patients, families, communities, and other health professionals in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease.
  • Teams and Teamwork - Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan and deliver patient- and population-centered care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.

These competencies are taken from the Interprofessional Education Collaborative's Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.