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How to Build High-Quality Interprofessional Collaboration and Education in Your Hospital: The IP-COMPASS Tool

Parker, Kathryn PhD; Jacobson, Adina BA; McGuire, Melissa LLB; Zorzi, Rochelle MSc; Oandasan, Ivy MD, CCFP, MHSc, FCFP

doi: 10.1097/QMH.0b013e31825e87a2
Original Articles

Interprofessional education (IPE) is an important contributor to ensuring interprofessional collaboration and, ultimately, improving the quality of health care. However, there is a gap in available resources on critical success factors for implementing intentional interprofessional learning experiences. The Interprofessional Collaborative Organizational Map and Preparedness Assessment (IP-COMPASS) is a quality improvement framework that provides a structured process to help health care organizations become better prepared to offer IPE. Essentially, it is designed to increase understanding of the attributes of organizational culture that can create an environment that is conducive to interprofessional learning. The IP-COMPASS was developed on the basis of a systematic multimethod approach to accessing existing knowledge and then tested for utility, feasibility, and validity. This article tells the story of the development and testing of the IP-COMPASS.

Academic Affairs, Holland Bloorview Kid's Rehabilitation Hospital (Dr Parker); Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (Dr Parker); Cathexis Consulting Inc (Mss Jacobson, McGuire, and Zorzi); and Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto (Dr Oandasan), Ontario, Canada.

Correspondence: Kathryn Parker, PhD, Academic Affairs, Holland Bloorview Kid's Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (

This project was supported by a grant from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Province of Ontario, Canada.

The authors report no declarations of interest.

The authors thank everyone who took part in the development and testing of the IP-COMPASS, it was a truly collaborative effort.

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