Defining a set of common interprofessional learning competencies for health profession students

Med Teach. 2017 May;39(5):463-468. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1300246. Epub 2017 Mar 23.


Introduction: Increasingly recognized as a core component of contemporary health profession education, interprofessional learning outcomes remain difficult to define and assess across disciplines. The aim of this study was to identify a single set of interprofessional learning competency statements with relevance to all health professions.

Methods and results: Six national and international interprofessional competency frameworks were reviewed and combined to give a total of 165 competency statements. Following a process of mapping and grouping these statements into common content areas, duplicate content was removed. In addition, content deemed as a core competency for one or more individual health professions was removed. A round table of experts reviewed the remaining statements and agreed a final set of eight. Each statement was expressed as a specific learning outcome that could be assessed and which described behaviors and practices that students could routinely expect to engage with, and participate in, during the course of their study.

Conclusion: Identifying specific interprofessional competencies that students of all health professions require will enable more effective implementation of interprofessional learning activities and assessment within the core curriculum.

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Curriculum*
  • Education, Professional / methods*
  • Health Occupations
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Health Personnel / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Learning
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Professional Competence*
  • Students, Health Occupations