An Inventory of Quantitative Tools to Measure Interprofessional Education and Collaborative
Interprofessional education and collaborative practice have emerged as learning and clinical practice initiatives to promote optimal patient care. Interprofessional education refers to “occasions when members [or students] of two or more professions learn with, from and about one another to improve collaboration and the quality of care” (Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education 2002). Collaborative practice is an interprofessional process of communication and decision making that enables the separate and shared knowledge and skills of health care providers to synergistically influence the patient care provided (Way et al 2000). Evaluation is a critical component of such initiatives; however, finding the right tools to measure outcomes can be challenging.
This report provides an inventory of quantitative tools measuring outcomes of interprofessional education or collaborative practice, and describes the development of this inventory. This project was completed by a working group of the Research and Evaluation Subcommittee of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC). In 2005, the CIHC was formed to promote collaboration in health and education across Canada. The mandate of the CIHC Research and Evaluation Subcommittee is to strengthen and mobilize research and evaluation capacity in interprofessional education and collaborative practice in Canada.