Interprofessional education and collaborative practice resources provide information on various topics that may inform curriculum development and clinical education, as well as offer other opportunities available to physical therapy educators and clinicians.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) encourages team-based interprofessional education and collaborative practice by endorsing the 4 IPEC Core Competencies (.pdf) and encouraging their integration into practice and education initiatives:
- Competency 1: Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice
- Competency 2: Roles/Responsibilities
- Competency 3: Interprofessional Communication
- Competency 4: Teams and Teamwork
The following organizations promote and actively engage in interprofessional education and practice initiatives. Each provides a unique viewpoint and resources to advance this work.
- Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)
IPEC is an organization of national health professions associations that focus on integrating and coordinating education of the patient health care team.
- IPEC Interprofessional Faculty Institutes
IPEC's annual Interprofessional Faculty Institute is offered to faculty interprofessional teams. Through team-focused activities to design an institutional-based project, the overall goal of this institute is to develop champions to enhance interprofessional curricula and student learning experiences in quality improvement and patient safety at the point of care.
- National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (NEXUS)
NEXUS is a public-private partnership that contributes to the transformation of health care by identifying ways to improve health, enhance patient care, and control costs through integrating interprofessional practice and education. NEXUS' work focuses on 5 core domains: leadership; collaborative practice and health system transformation; education and training; research, evaluation and scholarship; and innovative and novel models.
- National Interprofessional Education Consortium (NIPEC)
NIPEC is a consortium of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), advancing physical therapy as an integral component of interprofessional education and practice through collaboration with other organizations.
- National Academies of Practice (NAP)
NAP includes distinguished professionals who advance interprofessional health care by fostering collaboration and advocating policies in the best interest of individuals and communities. NAP hosts an annual forum and sponsors the Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice.
- American Interprofessional Education Collaborative (AIHC)
AIHC comprises individuals and organizations that advocate for and advance the alignment of interprofessional education programs, the importance of interprofessional health care delivery, and research programs that link education and practice for better outcomes.
- Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC)
Members of CIHC promote cooperation in both the health and education arenas. CIHC's core activities inform how interprofessional alliances can advance health care policy, interprofessional education, collaborative practice, and research.
- Interprofessional Professionalism Collaborative (IPC)
IPC comprises 10 health care profession organizations, including APTA, and seeks to advance interprofessional professionalism toward achieving optimal health and wellness. IPC's Interprofessional Professionalism Assessment Instrument includes a glossary, video scenarios, and a mechanism to measure and assess interprofessional professionalism.
- Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century
Crossing the Quality Chasm makes an urgent call for fundamental change to close the quality gap in health services, recommends a sweeping redesign of the American health care system, and provides specific direction for policymakers, health care leaders, clinicians, regulators, purchasers, and others. Available in hard copy, ebook, or free PDF download.
- Interprofessional education: an exploration in physical therapist education (J Phys Ther Ed, 2015;29(2):72-83). This research paper provides the results of a survey of physical therapist education programs related to their IPE initiatives. APTA members have free access to the full text of this article at PTNow ArticleSearch.
- World Health Organization (WHO) Framework
The WHO Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice highlights the status of interprofessional collaborations around the world, identifies mechanisms that shape successful teamwork, and outlines action items that policymakers can apply within their local health systems. International organizations addressing IPE are included. Free PDF download is available.
- Guidance on Developing Quality Interprofessional Education for the Health Professions (.pdf)
The Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative (HPAC) and the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education collaborated on this document, which is endorsed by 24 HPAC member boards/commissions, including the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
- Team-based Competencies: Building a Shared Foundation for Education and Clinical Practice (.pdf)
This companion report to the IPEC core competencies was the result of a conference to preview the competencies and create action strategies. Physical therapist professional programs may wish to review and consider how these team-based competencies could be applied in bridging education and clinical practice communities.
- Benefits of Interprofessional Collaboration in Clinical Education
This PT in Motion article describes how physical therapist students and physical therapist assistant students are working with, and benefitting from, students and practitioners from other professions both in the classroom and in their clinical internships.