Institute of Medicine Reports

The Institute of Medicine has clearly demonstrated that patients are more likely to receive safe, quality care when health professionals work together and has written a number of historically relevant consensus reports which have formed the basis for a resurgence of interest in interprofessional healthcare education and practice. Among others, these include To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, and Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century.

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In response to a report from the global independent Commission on Education on Health Professionals for the 21st Century (the Lancet Commission) calling for national forums to bring together leaders to share and gain perspectives on instructional and institutional reforms the Institute of Medicine convened two workshops in 2012 to further describe the link between interprofessional education and practice. Interprofessional Education for Collaboration: learning How to Improve Health from Interprofessional Models across the Continuum of Education to Practice summarizes these workshops.

Core Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Competencies

In May 2011, the Interprofessional Education Collaborative released Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in four domains:

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  • 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.

The Board of Directors and the Academic Leadership of the UK Center for Interprofessional Health Education have reviewed these competencies and determined that longitudinal, systematic development of these competencies across our educational programs is critical for the graduates of our health science educational programs.