Interprofessional education: an overview of key developments in the past three decades

Work. 2012;41(3):233-45. doi: 10.3233/WOR-2012-1298.


Objective: This paper provides an overview of key developments of interprofessional education (IPE) in relation to its evolution over the past 30 years.

Methods: A narrative review of the salient IPE literature was undertaken to generate key source materials for this paper.

Results: Results are presented in four sections that focus on describing and discussing: the emergence of IPE, different learning/teaching approaches; the evidence base for IPE; organizational elements. In addition, to help illustrate these developments, we offer a case example of the work currently being undertaken at our own institution, with a focus on how various IPE developments have been integrated into our organizational priorities.

Conclusions: Based on the results presented, a series of key conclusions for the future development and implications of IPE are outlined.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Professional / methods*
  • Education, Professional / trends
  • Educational Measurement
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Learning
  • Models, Educational*
  • Staff Development
  • Teaching