Toward a system where workforce planning and interprofessional practice and education are designed around patients and populations not professions

Product type: manuscript in Journal of Interprofessional Care, January 2019.

Authors: Fraher EP, Brandt BF


  • Collaboration between Brandt and Fraher grew from a desire to forge a new, joint vision for the future
  • Current workforce planning approaches not fit for purpose to meet future challenges, and the field of IPE faces its own challenges
  • New Zealand is mental model for redesigning workforce, practice, and education around the patient, not professions
  • New Zealand’s model may not seem applicable, but cost, quality, technology, and focus on “consumer” pressures are driving similar reforms in the US, with or without the ACA or a replacement
  • This shift will require moving from “old school” to “new school” approaches in workforce planning and IPE
  • We believe the way forward for our fields is together

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This work was supported by the following sources, and the content, conclusions and opinions expressed are the authors and should not be construed as the official policy, position or endorsement of their funders, their employers or the federal government: UNC-CH University Research Council Grant; HRSA cooperative agreement #U81HP26495, NCHWA, US DHHS (Fraher); HRSA cooperative agreement #UE5HP25067, US DHHS (Brandt); Josiah Macy Jr Foundation; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; and the John A. Hartford Foundation.