The Institute of Medicine released a report detailing an interprofessional conceptual model that can be used to measure the impact of interprofessional education on collaborative practice and patient outcomes.
Only recently have researchers begun to look beyond the classroom and beyond learning outcomes for the impact of IPE on such issues as patient safety, patient and provider satisfaction, quality of care, health promotion, population health and the cost of care, according to the IOM website.
In 2013, the IOM’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education held two workshops on IPE. At these workshops, a number of questions were raised, the most important of which was, “What data and metrics are needed to evaluate the impact of IPE on individual, population and system outcomes?” To answer this question, the Forum’s 47 individual sponsors requested that an IOM consensus committee be convened to examine the existing evidence on this complex issue and consider the potential design of future studies that could expand this evidence base.
After determining no existing models sufficiently incorporate all of the necessary components to guide future studies, the committee developed a model that includes the education-to-practice continuum, a broad array of learning, health and system outcomes, and major enabling and interfering factors, according to the report.
The work of the consensus committee can be found by reading the report brief, published this spring.