What Is Interprofessional Education (IPE)?

. . . When students (or clinicians) from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.

World Health Organization, Framework for
Action on Interprofessional Education and
Collaborative Practice, 2010

What Are the Benefits of Involving Patients and Families as Educators in IPE?

  • Better understanding of and respect for the challenges and burdens that illness and injury cause patients and their families.
  • Enhanced skills in communicating and partnering with patients and families in clinical encounters.
  • Improved ability to raise issues and concerns constructively.
  • Enhanced skills in managing conflict and resolving issues.