Creating the evidence through comparative effectiveness research for interprofessional education and collaborative practice by deploying a national intervention network and a national data repository

Judith Pechacek, Frank Cerra, Barbara Brandt, May N Lutfiyya, Connie Delaney

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Abstract

Background: There is currently a resurgence of interest in interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) and its potential to positively impact health outcomes at both the patient level and population level, healthcare delivery, and health professions education. This resurgence of interest led to the creation of the National Center on Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Education in October 2012. Methods: This paper describes three intertwined knowledge generation strategies of the National Center on Interprofessional Practice and Education: (1) the development of a Nexus Incubator Network, (2) the undertaking of comparative effectiveness research, and (3) the creation of a National Center Data Repository. Results: As these strategies are implemented over time they will result in the production of empirically grounded knowledge regarding the direction and scope of the impact, if any, of IPECP on well-defined health and healthcare outcomes including the possible improvement of the patient experience of care. Conclusions: Among the motivating factors for the National Center and the three strategies adopted and addressed herein is the need for rigorously produced, scientifically sound evidence regarding IPECP and whether or not it has the capacity to positively affect the patient experience of care, the health of populations, and the per capita cost of healthcare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-161
Number of pages16
JournalHealthcare
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
In October 2012, based on a national competitive process, a public-private partnership comprised of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation funded the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at the University of Minnesota (hereafter the National Center) [1]. The creation of the National Center, in large measure, grew out of a resurgence of interest in interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) and the potential ability of IPECP to positively impact health outcomes, healthcare delivery, and health professions education [2]. Even though there is global interest in IPECP, current healthcare reform efforts embodied by the Affordable Care Act [3] in the United States (US) and the innovation already occurring in the redesign of the processes of care delivery provided an umbrella context for the work undertaken by the National Center. The development of interprofessional practice competencies by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) [2] also contributed to the context supporting the significance of the National Center.

Funding Information:
This work was produced at the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education which is supported by a Health Resources and Services Administration Cooperative Agreement Award No. UE5HP25067. In addition, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have collectively committed additional funding over five years to support and guide the Center, which will work to accelerate team work and collaboration among health professionals?as well as patients?and break down the traditional silo-approach to health professions education. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Funding Information:
This work was produced at the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education which is supported by a Health Resources and Services Administration Cooperative Agreement Award No. UE5HP25067. In addition, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have collectively committed additional funding over five years to support and guide the Center, which will work to accelerate team work and collaboration among health professionals—as well as patients—and break down the traditional silo-approach to health professions education. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

Keywords

  • Collaborative practice
  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Interprofessional education
  • Intervention research
  • National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
  • NCDR
  • Nexus incubator network
  • Nexus of Inquiry

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