The Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP) eBooks provide clinicians with information about caring for older adults in interprofessional teams. These eBooks equate with online modules that were adapted from the NYU3T: Teaching, Technology, and Teamwork curriculum funded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Content was also based on the NYU, John A. Hartford Foundation, supported Geriatrics Interdisciplinary Team Training (GITT) Program. The IPEP eBook development was supported by funds from the Division of Nursing (DN), Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number D09HP25934 and title Advanced Nursing Education.
Six eBooks in total focus on various aspects of interprofessional education, including content from the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice sponsored by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). Interprofessional collaboration, education, and training of medial residents, fellows, nurse practitioners and other health professions providers focus on the IPEC Competency Domains: (1) Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice; (2) Roles/Responsibilities; (3) Interprofessional Communication; and (4) Teams and Teamwork. The modules are: (1) Roles and responsibilities in health care team settings, including content on discipline training and licensure; (2) Effective health care teams, including content on facilitators and barriers within teams; (3) Teamwork skills, including leadership strategies; (4) Effective communication skills and techniques; (5) Conflict resolution, including content on mutual support for task assistance, assertion, and feedback; and (6) Interprofessional care planning, including identifying person, family, and caregiver issues, examining diverse perspectives, defining goals of care, clarifying roles and tasks, and debriefing.
Each eBook takes 10-15 minutes to complete and includes the assessment and management of older adults with multiple chronic conditions in an interprofessional manner. The goal of the collective eBooks is to increase the number of advanced practice nurses, medical residents, other physicians and care providers with gerontological competencies and interprofessional expertise to enhance person-oriented primary care to complex older adults with multiple chronic conditions, as well as their families and caregivers.