Findings from multiple studies support that interprofessional education and collaborative team-based care enhances professional practice, health care quality and patient outcomes, yet it is not the norm across the U.S. Many health sciences colleges throughout the country continue to educate students in silos. Further, fragmented traditional healthcare systems as well as primary care practices are far too common.
Repeatedly, research has shown that effective teamwork improves the quality and safety of care. The Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Health Professions Education recommends that all health care professionals be educated to deliver patient-centric care as members of an interdisciplinary team, emphasizing evidence-based practice, quality improvement approaches and informatics.
At Ohio State, with more health sciences colleges on one campus than any other U.S. university, we are able to prepare health care providers across a variety of disciplines who are competent in delivering comprehensive interprofessional team based care.