Case Studies of Interprofessional Education Initiatives From Five Countries

Tracy Levett-Jones, Teresa Burdett, Yeow Leng Chow, Lisbeth Jönsson, Kathie Lasater, Launa Rae Mathews, Margaret McAllister, Alison Pooler, Stephen Tee, Jonas Wihlborg

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Background: Although teamwork and interprofessional collaboration are critical to patient safety, nursing, medical, and allied health graduates often feel ill-prepared to confidently communicate and collaborate with other team members. While interprofessional education (IPE) has been advocated as a way of addressing this issue, there are multiple barriers to its systematic and sustained integration in undergraduate healthcare programs. Despite these challenges, examples of effective IPE initiatives have emerged. Innovation: This article profiles seven case studies of innovative interprofessional education activities that have been successfully implemented across five countries, for a variety of learners, using different delivery modalities, and with evaluation results attesting to their success. Conclusions: The case studies demonstrate innovative ideas that have the potential to overcome some of the barriers to IPE through the use of creative and targeted approaches. This article provides a wealth of ideas for the successful design and implementation of IPE initiatives and will be of benefit to educators wishing to expand their repertoire of teaching approaches. Clinical Relevance: A body of research attests to the relationship between interprofessional communication, teamwork, and patient outcomes. IPE is imperative for facilitating the development of nursing graduates’ communication and teamwork skills; however, innovative approaches are needed to overcome the perceived and actual impediments to its implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-332
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2018


  • Collaborative practice
  • communication
  • interprofessional education
  • nursing student
  • patient outcomes
  • teamwork

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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