Renewed focus in the United States links interprofessional education with redesigning health care
No scholars and practitioners are more aware of the research and debate about interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional collaborative care (IPCC) than the readers of the Journal of Interprofessional Care. Since the 1970s, interest in IPE and IPCC in the United States (U.S.) has been characterized by peaks and lows as the major issues in health care have shifted. So, it is exciting to describe what may be a new window of opportunity in the U.S. to fully develop and test this evolving concept that, for so long, has been an exception rather than the “norm”.
The continuum of education from the classroom to the practicing community and ultimately the care community requires effective collaboration among the participants, e.g. educational institutions, community representatives, government and funding agencies. No one component can drive success across the educational continuum or achieve these reform goals in health care alone.
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