Cram Discusses Interprofessional Collaboration, Education with ‘Medicine Iowa’
By Dawn Goodlove | Medicine Iowa | Summer 2014
While interprofessional practice occurs in many care environments, interprofessional education (IPE) has been slower to catch on. At the majority of U.S. institutions with health science colleges, future doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, and allied health professionals only occasionally share the same curriculum or learn from faculty outside their own disciplines. However, an abundance of evidence has shown that interprofessional teams deliver a higher quality of care at a lower cost and decrease hospitalized patients’ length of stay as well as reduce medical errors. Knowing that, more colleges and universities are forging collaborations among the health sciences to better prepare students for the real world of team-based, patient-centered care.
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