Auditing an organization's interprofessional learning and interprofessional practice: the interprofessional praxis audit framework (IPAF)

J Interprof Care. 2010 Jul;24(4):436-49. doi: 10.3109/13561820903163801.


Interprofessional learning (IPL) and interprofessional practice (IPP) are strategies for healthcare services' striving to improve patient care. While health professionals are enacting IPL and IPP, the capacity to understand and comprehensively map IPL and IPP activities has remained elusive. Additionally, understanding and accounting for the impact of organizational context and culture on IPL and IPP requires attention. This paper presents the "interprofessional praxis audit framework" (IPAF), which is a unique tool to address these two issues. The IPAF comprises five components: context, culture, conduct, attitudes and information. Conjoined, the components facilitate examination of an organization's enactment of IPL and IPP. Utilized within an action research methodology, the IPAF enables a synchronized inspection, whereby similarities and differences of the components are considered simultaneously, and the knowledge developed is used to promote change projects to improve patient care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Communication
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Decision Making
  • Group Processes
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Leadership
  • Learning*
  • Organizational Culture
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration
  • Quality of Health Care / organization & administration