Glossary

Assessment

Understanding the learning that occurs by individuals or groups – for example examining how learners’ knowledge and skills of collaboration have improved

Collaborative Practice
An interprofessional process for communication and decision making that enables the knowledge and skills of care providers to synergistically influence the client/patient care provided. (Way, Jones, & Busing 2000) Collaborative practice is interlinked to the concept of teamwork.
 
Evaluation
Understanding the effects of a program – for example studying the impact of an IPE course on diabetes care and delivery of services to patients.
 
Interdisciplinary Education
Occurs when learners from different disciplines engage in collaborative interactive learning for a range of purposes (e.g. to understand different disciplinary roles and contributions).
 
Interprofessional Care
Occurs when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds provide comprehensive health services by working with patients, their families, caregivers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings. 
 
Interprofessional Education
Occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. - World Health Organization, 2010
 
Multiprofessional education
When members (or students) of two or more professions learn alongside one another: in other words, parallel rather than interactive learning.
 
Team
A collection of individuals who work interdependently, share responsibility for outcomes, and see themselves and are seen by others as an intact social entity embedded in one or more larger social systems (for example, business unit or corporation) and who manage their relationship across organizational boundaries. (Cohen & Bailey 1997)
 
Uni-professional Education
Describes the education that is undertaken by individuals within the same profession.