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Peer Review

Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

by Susan Mackintosh , Andrew Sorenson , Daniel Robinson , Leo Rouse , Susan Meyer , Deanna Wathington , Thomas Viggiano


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4.75 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Jul 27, 2013 by Health Sciences
Overview: This document is an electronic copy of report from Interprofessional Educational Collaborative (collaboration of multiple health care education associations). The authors state that the report was ". . . inspired by a vision of interprofessional collaborative practice as key to the safe, high quality,accessible, patient-centered care." The report details recommended competencies linked to the Institute of Medicine's core competencies for health professionals.
Type of Material: This is a 56 page document (PDF document) that is an organized summary of background, process and recommendations for core competencies in interprofessional education.
Recommended Uses:

This document offers an excellent foundation for educators in all aspects of healthcare delivery and all professions who are considering, or plan to incorporate interprofessional collaboration into their curriculum.

It will also be useful for trainers or providers of continuing education for the current practitioners in all health care settings.

Technical Requirements: Technical requirements include a computer with Internet access, web browser and Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Identify Major Learning Goals: Learning goals are implied as follows: After reading the report the participant will:
  • Discuss the need for interprofessional competencies.
  • Identify the four competency domains for collaborative practice.
  • Provide at least two examples of learning objectives to support collaborative practice.
  • Provide at least two examples of learning activities that can be used in interprofessional collaborative education.
  • Discuss theories that inform interprofessional education.
  • Discuss challenges associated with the adoption and implementation of core interprofessional competencies.
Target Student Population: This document serves the needs and interests of all health professions and can be adapted for application at all levels of practice for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: This document represents the work of an expert panel representing The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Dental Education Association, American Association of Medical Colleges, Association of Schools of Public Health and the American Associaiton of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.
Concerns: Although representation of health professions is broad, it is not complete and not all health professions had expert representation in development of these core competencies.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The report is well organized and clearly written and can be adapted to many settings for curriculum development and continuing professional education.
Concerns: Professions that were not represented in the expert panel who worked on these competencies may have concerns about relevance in their scope of practice.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: This is a document that is easlity accessible, well organized and visually attractive in design. It is copyrighted but permits distribution to all who are interested in sharing the material.
Concerns: The material, though written in an understandable manner, is fairly dense.

Other Issues and Comments: This material is an online report rather than a traditional online teaching tool. As it is available online and it is definitely a resource for education, this material is very useful.