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Interprofessional Education/Interprofessional Practice (IPE/IPP)

ASHA adapted the World Health Organization [PDF] definitions of interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional practice (IPP), also called interprofessional collaborative practice, to reflect audiologists' and speech-language pathologists' (SLPs') engagement in IPP in both health care and education settings. In ASHA's definition, IPE is an activity that occurs when two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve outcomes for individuals and families whom we serve. Similarly, IPP occurs when multiple service providers from different professional backgrounds provide comprehensive healthcare or educational services by working with individuals and their families, caregivers, and communities- to deliver the highest quality of care across settings.

ASHA's Envisioned Future: 2025

ASHA's Envisioned Future: 2025 identifies the significance of interprofessional education and collaborative practice models for audiologists and SLPs.

  • Service provision is more effectively aligned with reimbursement systems that reflect a comprehensive, person- and family-centered collaborative practice model that increases access to professional services. ASHA members play an active role in reimbursement processes demonstrating the added value of their services and empowering and patients and clients by educating them to understand access and reimbursement issues.
  • An IPE approach to training and educating new professionals will afford/provide a broader supply of qualified faculty to meet the teaching, scholarly research, and technological needs of academic programs as they strive to enhance the scientific base of the discipline and educate qualified SLPs and audiologists to meet consumer needs. Members engage in interprofessional collaborative practice.

To achieve the goals of ASHA's Envisioned Future: 2025, the Association established a 10 year (2015-2025) Strategic Pathway to Excellence comprising eight strategic outcomes. Strategic Outcome 2 relates to IPE and IPP.

Strategic Objective: Advance Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPE/IPP)

Strategic Outcome: Academic programs employ IPE approaches to personnel preparation and both students and ASHA members engage in interprofessional collaborative practice.

Initiatives are being implemented to support ASHA members in acquiring IPE/IPP competencies.

"Through the experience of learning with and from those in other professions, students also develop leadership qualities and respect for each other, which prepares them for work on teams and in settings where collaboration is a key to success. This success is measured by better and safer patient care as well as improved population health outcomes."

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