Continuing Education Leaders Share Strategies for Conducting and Publishing Research on the Effectiveness of IPCE


Chicago, IL and Silver Spring, MD

December 8, 2017


A new report, Promoting Research across the Continuum of Health Professions Education: Making Patient Care Better, explores recommendations for advancing research on the effectiveness of interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) in improving healthcare team performance and patient care.


The report summarizes the 2017 Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education Leadership Summit, which brought together continuing education (CE) leaders from 30 institutions across the country including hospitals, health systems, medical schools, specialty societies, and education companies. Participants shared strategies, best practices, and case studies for conducting and disseminating research that shows how IPCE programs contribute to measurable improvements in team care and patient outcomes.


This report serves as an addendum to the 2016 report, By the Team for the Team: Evolving Interprofessional Continuing Education for Optimal Patient Care-Report from the 2016 Joint Accreditation Leadership Summit.


The Leadership Summits and reports were supported (in part) by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. They were produced by the three collaborating accreditors in Joint Accreditation: the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


Scott Reeves, PhD, MSc, PGCE, BSc, works together with Summit participants to design a research study using a case scenario.


Highlights from the Report


  • Research recommendations: Invited guest Scott Reeves, PhD, MSc, PGCE, BSc, Professor in Interprofessional Research at Kingston University and St. George’s University of London, and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Interprofessional Care, offered recommendations for how to successfully conduct and publish research.
  • Addressing health priorities: Summit participants explored real-world examples of research projects that are part of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education’s Nexus Innovations Network, a community of practice and education collaborations. These projects are addressing health priorities such as rural population health, obesity prevention, advance care planning, and caring for underserved populations.
  • Collaboration across the continuum: Participants shared their experiences bringing together students, faculty, and practicing clinicians from across the health professions to create environments throughout the continuum of education that support interprofessional collaborative practice and build effective interprofessional teams.


Guercie Jean-Baptiste, MSN, ACNP, Quality Program Manager at the VHA Office of Connected Care, participates in a small group discussion about innovative strategies to evaluate interprofessional teams.


Leadership Comments


“We believe that our community of IPCE providers has made — and will continue to make — a substantial difference to healthcare teams and the patients they serve. By contributing to IPCE research, we will demonstrate to health leaders and other stakeholders the power and capacity of IPCE to be part of the solution to many of the healthcare challenges we face today.” — Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®)


“As accreditors, our goal is to create guideposts for the future of IPCE, build a community of practice for IPCE professionals, and generate collaborations with colleagues across the continuum of healthcare education. With this leadership summit and report, we aim to encourage IPCE professionals to engage in research and scholarship that will show the impact of collaborative continuing education in driving better patient care.” — Peter H. Vlasses, PharmD, DSc (Hon), FCCP, Executive Director, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)


“IPCE research and scholarship will illuminate best practices, enabling our community of IPCE providers to continually improve the quality and effectiveness of the education they deliver to healthcare teams. This report will serve as a resource for educators and other stakeholders as they create strategies to promote interprofessional collaborative practice in healthcare education and delivery.” — Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, Senior Vice President, Certification/Measurement, Accreditation and Research, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)


Caroline Robinson-Pardo, PhD, CHCP, Senior Director of Learning and Analytics at PRIME Education, LLC, shares the results of her breakout group’s brainstorming on how to plan, conduct, and publish IPCE research.


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About Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education


Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education&tm; establishes the standards for education organizations to deliver continuing education planned by the healthcare team for the healthcare team. This innovation promotes interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) that leads to improved healthcare delivery and better patient outcomes


Joint Accreditation enables education organizations to achieve distinction from three leading healthcare continuing education accreditors; increase operational efficiency, saving time, money, and resources; provide continuing education for physicians, pharmacists, or nurses separately or together; and improve collaboration and reduce hierarchies among healthcare professions. Jointly accredited providers are entitled to award Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits.


Launched in 2009, Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education is a collaboration of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). For more information, visit