Table 1

Definitions of interprofessional education and collaborative practice

“Interprofessional education occurs when two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes” (p. 7).
“Collaborative practice in health care occurs when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds provide comprehensive services by working with patients, their families, [caregivers,] and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings” (p. 13).
  • Source: Health Professions Networks Nursing and Midwifery Office, Department of Human Resources for Health, World Health Organization. Framework for action on interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2010.