Health professionals interested in learning about interprofessional education and collaboration can find useful resources here. Find links to information about professional development opportunities, interprofessional practice education guides and tips, and interprofessional education resources. Learn about transforming care environments into interprofessional collaborative patient-centred practice settings. These settings provide optimal patient care and constructive environments for teaching students by modeling best practices for interprofessional collaboration.
Why is Interprofessional Education Important?
Interprofessional collaboration is increasingly recognized as a means of meeting the complex demands of today’s health care environment. It involves a team of health care providers working together, each making a unique contribution to achieving a common goal. Interprofessional education helps ensure health care professionals have the knowledge and skills to work together to improve patient outcomes. It involves two or more professions learning “with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care” (CAIPE, 2002).
The University of British Columbia is recognized as a leader in interprofessional education as a result of twenty years of experience developing and delivering innovative programs in this area. Advancements in interprofessional education at UBC mirror the international movement led by the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative and the World Health Organization to promote interprofessional education and collaboration for better health outcomes and sustainable health care.
To teach collaboration we must practice collaboration. To practice collaboration we must know how to collaborate.
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