Publications Conference Summary: Transforming Patient Care: Aligning IPE with Clinical Practice Redesign

Transforming Patient Care: Aligning Interprofessional Education with Clinical Practice Redesign outlines a series of recommendations to align healthcare education and practice, providing immediate action steps to link interprofessional education and collaborative care. The recommendations stem from a January 2013 Macy Conference where leaders in health professions education and healthcare delivery came together to discuss how they might align their efforts. As health professions education and healthcare delivery undergo rapid change, stimulated in part by the Affordable Care Act, it is critical that they not be developed in isolation. Educational reform must incorporate practice redesign, and delivery system change must include a central educational mission for transformation to endure. Core recommendations:1. Engage patients, families, and communities in the design, implementation, improvement, and evaluation of efforts to link interprofessional education and collaborative practice.2. Accelerate the design, implementation, and evaluation of innovative models linking interprofessional education and collaborative practice.3. Reform the education and life-long career development of health professionals to incorporate interprofessional learning and team-based care.4. Revise professional regulatory standards and practices to permit and promote innovation in interprofessional education and collaborative practice.5. Realign existing resources to establish and sustain the linkage between interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Hear the recommendations being outlined and discussed during Macy’s April 18, 2013 web conference.