Interprofessional Collaboration Research Aids Groundbreaking Report

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education released results of its two-year national study on accelerating community-based interprofessional health education and practice. This project used design models of interprofessional community-based education and practice, using a standardized approach across 16 sites, advanced practice nurse-led health teams, community partners and the broad engagement of students as valued team members. By starting with the needs of specific high risk and underserved populations, rather than starting with the needs of the students and the health care systems, highly effective, integrated care and education programs in community-based settings can be designed and implemented. Most importantly, the initiative is showing that new models of education-community partnerships can impact patient’s health status, improve current provider satisfaction and potentially reduce health care costs.

The College of Nursing, School of Medicine and the Center for Interprofessional Education, Practice and Research (CIPER) collaborated on one of seven program case studies that was used to issue this groundbreaking evaluation report and the grant team will now be a part of a webinar series dedicated to the topic. Recently in August 2019, a new study from the team was published in the Annals of Family Medicine, that showed a yielded reduction in health care costs in an especially vulnerable group: high risk patients. The study, “Lessons from Practice Transformation,” involved patients at a family practice clinic at CHI Creighton University Medical Center-University campus.

View a news release from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education and learn more about the upcoming webinar series.