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Improving outcomes in adults with diabetes through IPE

Jun 28, 2022

The Nagelkert et al. (2018) article, Improving outcomes in adults with diabetes through an interprofessional collaborative practice program investigates provider, faculty, student, and patient outcomes during and after clinical rotations (ranged 4-8 week) in an immersive interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) experience.

The IPCP clinical included IP training, team huddles, patient education via group classes, IP student team exams and plan of care, and weekly case studies.

Statistically significant improvements in pre/post-test student scores support that IP training in clinical environments may improve students' and medical staff's understanding of IP teams, safety concerns, and team behaviors. Student means changed from negative to neutral on the Interprofessional Interaction Scale of the Entry-Level Interprofessional Questionnaire.  

  • Significant improvements in HA1c, HDL ratio, triglycerides, and blood glucose were reported in patients with an initial HA1c over 7%. 
  • When compared to the previous year prior to the structured  IPCP, patients reported statistically significant higher perceptions of medication education and management.
  • Lastly, providers were able to increase patients seen per hour.

This research supports that IPCP, with a structured system for teamwork, positively impacts students, medical staff, and patients without jeopardizing provider productivity. Although no physical therapy students were included, these results support the need for interprofessional clinical environments to train students and licensed providers to work collaboratively to improve patient outcomes.

Other IPE articles


Benchmarking in Academic Physical Therapy Using the PT-GQ™ Survey: Wave 2 Update With Application to Accreditation Reporting

A Systematic Review of the Outcome Measures Used to Evaluate Interprofessional Learning by Health Care Professional Students During Clinical Experiences

Development and Initial Evaluation of Psychometric Properties of a Pain Competence Assessment Tool (PCAT)

Rasch analysis of the Jefferson Teamwork Observation Guide to improve student reflection after interprofessional education 

An exploratory, cross-sectional and multi-institutional study using three instruments to examine student perceptions of interprofessional education

Feet/Footwear-Related Fall Risk Screening Tool for Older Adults: Development and Content Validation


Providing occupational and physical therapy services in a free community-based interprofessional primary care clinic

A multimodal interprofessional education program including case-based problem solving focused on pain management increases student's knowledge and interprofessional skills

Interprofessional Team-Based Learning: A Qualitative Study on the Experiences of Nursing and Physiotherapy Students

Promoting Mobility in the Intensive Care Unit: An Educational Interprofessional Initiative

Development of an Innovative Interprofessional Palliative Care Student Learning Collaborative

Becoming an anti-racist interprofessional healthcare organization: Our journey

A survey of nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists in mobility care and gait aid use for hospital patients with dementia

The Development and Evaluation of a Pediatric Interprofessional Education (IPE) Experience for Occupational and Physical Therapy Graduate Students

An interprofessional experience preparing a collaborative workforce to care for older adults

Modeling the effect of social interdependence in interprofessional collaborative learning

Results and lessons learned from a virtual multi-institutional problem-based interprofessional learning approach: The VIPE program.

Interprofessional Education Module on Professionalism, Ethics, and Teamwork: Insights from Program Review Data of Health Professions Students

Quality Improvement Content in Physical Therapist Education: a Scoping Review

Students' perceptions of training and experiences with interpreters in a pro bono physical therapy setting

Creating Interprofessional Readiness to Advance Age-Friendly U.S. Healthcare

Health Professions Educational Debt: Personal, Professional, and Psychological Impacts 5 Years Post-graduation

Physical Therapists' and Physical Therapist Students' Experiences and Views on the Provision of Physical Therapy Services to People With Dementia: A Scoping Review

Education without walls: Using a street medicine program to provide real-world interprofessional learning

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