1. Are there interprofessional standards already in most health professional education programs in Canada? Why do we need to have more?
    All health professional education programs in Canada have their own standards and many do include interprofessional standards. However, these standards have never been looked at from one collective perspective. The value of the AIPHE project is that we have brought together individuals from a number of disciplines to consider how to build one set of standards that are applicable to all professions and can be individually tailored to suit the needs of that discipline. Because the very nature of interprofessional is ‘working together’ it makes sense that standards would be comparable between programs and easy to integrate.
  2. We just wrote our accreditation standards for education programs in our profession. Does this mean we need to redo that work all over again?
    We recognize that all professions are at different stages of writing and implementing whatever their current accreditation standards may be. Our hope is that over time, professions will include more of the interprofessional standards, but we know this will not happen immediately.
Common Definitions

  • Accreditation is the act of granting credit or recognition (especially with respect to educational institutions that maintain suitable standards).
  • Interprofessional Education occurs when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care (CAIPE). The term interprofessional includes all learning in academic and work-based settings before and after qualification. As such, AIPHE and CIHC have adopted an inclusive view of the word "professional". View the CIHC’s Fact Sheet on Interprofessional Education here
  • Collaborative Practice occurs when healthcare providers work with people from within their own profession, with people outside of their profession and with patients/clients and their families. When healthcare providers work collaboratively, they seek common goals and can analyze and address any problems that arise. View the CIHC’s Fact Sheet on Collaborative Practice here.
  • Patient-Centred Care means that the patient/client (and their family, if applicable) is at the centre of their own health care. It involves listening to patients and families and engaging them as a member of the healthcare team when making care decisions. View the CIHC’s Fact Sheet on Patient-Centred Care here.
  • Competency describes the work related skills and behaviour needed to effectively perform in a role. In "competency-based" courses or instructional programs, students must demonstrate certain skills and abilities (instead of just earning passing grades in classes) before moving from one level to the next or earning the final certificate or degree.
  • Pre-licensure refers to the level of professional education required to be licensed to practice a profession in Canada.