The clinical service and group project work group has been tasked with developing a tool kit to promote, cultivate, and direct IPE. This should include how to influence change and elicit support. Successful implementation will include:
- Developing a common vision among stakeholders.
- Identify what funding is necessary, who will contribute, and how it will be allocated (grants and university funding are the most common).
- Coordinate schedules from each training program, allowing for students to participate.
- Identification of opportunities for collaboration in both the clinic environment and the classroom.
- Identification of individuals who are “champions” for IPE in practice who bring energy, and are committed to ensuring that interprofessional learning occurs.
- On-going assessment of sustainability.
- On-going program evaluation from all stakeholders in academia and in practice.
- Willingness from faculty to step out of professional silos. Faculty should address attitudes and beliefs that can impede or facilitate successful IPE.
- Faculty development for individuals and organizations.
- Engage, participate and lead research efforts that contribute to the body of IPE research related to improved patient outcomes.
Academic institutions and their faculty can advance the sustainability of IPE efforts by promoting collaboration between institutions, and contributing to the strong evidence linking IPE to collaborative, patient-centered practices that improve health outcomes.