How can Entrustable Professional Activities Support Interprofessional Education?

Date: 28 Sep 2019  |  Time: 0915 - 1000  |  Location: Academia, Auditorium

Speaker: Dr Inge Pool

Interprofessional collaborative practice is increasingly viewed as essential for the provision of safe and high-quality care. Interprofessional education (IPE) is a means to equip learners in healthcare for this collaborative practice. A major part of developing competencies in interprofessional collaboration is by learning at the clinical workplace. Assessing these interprofessional competencies at the clinical workplace is challenging. Entrustable professional activities (EPAs) may be helpful in translating these competencies to the practice of everyday healthcare work.

EPAs are a relatively new concept that has been introduced to bridge the gap between the theoretical characteristics of competency-based education and clinical practice. EPAs are units of practice that can be entrusted to a healthcare learner, as soon as the supervisor feels the skills of the learner are sufficient to bear responsibility for this professional activity. Creating EPAs for IPE challenges curriculum developers to identify concrete tasks in patient care that require interprofessional competencies, and to decide what is needed to entrust a learner to collaborate in interprofessional teams. This presentation will highlight the possibilities and the constraints of EPAs for interprofessional education.


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