The benefits of interprofessional education

The systematic reviews of the research literature suggest that more research is needed about whether and how pre-licensure interprofessional collaborative practice impacts patient outcomes, but there is evidence that it has a positive effect on:

  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of other professional groups
  • Learners’ attitudes towards one another’s professions
  • Knowledge of the nature of interprofessional collaboration
  • Actual collaborative behaviour in practice
  • Organizational practice (referral practices, documentation)
  • Delivery of care (patient satisfaction, length of stay)
  • Clinical outcomes (clinical error rates, infection rates)

[1] Reeves, S. (2009). An overview of continuing interprofessional education.  Journal of Continuing Education in Health Professions, 29(3), 142-46.
[2] Reeves, S., Goldman, J., Burton, A., & Sawatzky-Girling, B. (2010). Synthesis of systematic review evidence of interprofesional education.  Journal of Allied Health, 39, 198-203.