Fostering interprofessional collaborative practice in acute care through an academic-practice partnership

Susan Hendricks, Virginia Julie LaMothe, Judith Halstead, Jennifer Taylor, Susan Ofner, Linda Chase, Jennifer Dunscomb, Amy Chael, Chad Priest

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An interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) environment was implemented in four inpatient acute care unit accountable care teams (ACT) through an academic-practice partnership. An action research methodology was implemented to empower healthcare professionals and promote ownership and sustainment of the IPCP strategies. Healthcare professionals on the ACT units, students, and faculty engaged in the multi-year project. Interventions included staff engagement exercises and coaching and support of individual ACT unit IPCP strategies and education. Healthcare professional outcome data were collected in the form of participant surveys, measuring collaboration about care decisions and the extent to which professionals engaged in a culture of safety, collected at baseline and 6-month intervals. Healthcare outcome measures of the ACT units were also collected at baseline and 6-month intervals. Students had clinical learning experiences in the IPCP settings and completed post clinical surveys. Implementation of the interventions resulted in a positive trend in the healthcare professionals, although statistical significance was not observed. Student outcome data demonstrated statistically significant positive learning outcomes. Healthcare outcome measures demonstrated a significant decrease in readmissions and an overall decrease in catheter-associated urinary tract infections over time. Other measures were not significantly impacted. In conclusion, an academic–practice partnership can strengthen and support an IPCP environment by allowing healthcare clinicians to be directly involved in the selection and implementation of IPCP strategies and contribute to improved professional, healthcare and student outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-620
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 3 2018


  • Academic practice partnerships
  • accountable care unit
  • collaboration
  • interprofessional collaboration
  • nurse-physician collaboration
  • patient centered rounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Hendricks, S., LaMothe, V. J., Halstead, J., Taylor, J., Ofner, S., Chase, L., Dunscomb, J., Chael, A., & Priest, C. (2018). Fostering interprofessional collaborative practice in acute care through an academic-practice partnership. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 32(5), 613-620.