American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Interprofessional Education/Interprofessional Practice (IPE/IPP)

According to the World Health Organization [PDF], interprofessional education occurs when two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.

Improving Health Care through IPE/IPP

It is widely acknowledged that health care, and especially the economics of health care, are undergoing dramatic changes resulting in imminent alterations in health care delivery and payment. Changes are focused on achieving the Triple Aim, promoted by the Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI):

  • improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction);
  • improving the health of populations;
  • reducing the per capita cost of health care.

Interprofessional education and collaborative practice are recognized as critical to successfully achieving the desired improvements in health care.

"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."

—Institute of Medicine Global Forum on Health Professions Education, Interprofessional Education for Collaboration Workshop Summary (May 2013)

ASHA's Envisioned Future for IPE/IPP

Efforts are underway to prepare and support audiologists and speech-language pathologists to successfully navigate the changing health care economic landscape consistent with ASHA's Envisioned Future: 2025.

  • Professional practice is more effectively aligned with reimbursement systems that reflect a more comprehensive, person- and family-centered, and collaborative practice model that increases access to such services. ASHA members play an active role in reimbursement processes, effectively demonstrating the value of their services, and empowering and educating patients and clients to understand access and reimbursement.
  • An Interprofessional Education (IPE) approach to training and educating new professionals has resulted in access to 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 speech-language pathologists and audiologists to meet consumer needs. Members engage in interprofessional collaborative practice.

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