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Saint Louis University Center for Interprofessional Education and Research

The mission of the Saint Louis University Center for Interprofessional Education and Research (CIER) is to develop a health care workforce that is prepared to practice and teach effective team-based care and interprofessional collaborative practice by integrating research-inspired, high-value, humanistic care.

To accomplish this mission, the CIER collaborates across the health professions schools, residency programs and clinical practices to:

  • Prepare health professions graduates and health care providers for interprofessional patient-centered, collaborative practice.
  • Advance the practice of effective and efficient interprofessional team-based care to improve individual patient and population health outcomes.
  • Advance research and scholarly activity of interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

The Five Domains of SLU IPE

Unique to the mission of Saint Louis University, the interprofessional education, practice, and research programs are developed and implemented based upon five core domains. This approach enables us to focus on research-inspired, foundational skills in interprofessional practice and integrated patient-centered care in the context of wellness, patient safety and quality, and social justice.

Domain 1: Interprofessional Practice

A collaborative, interdependent use of shared expertise directed toward a unified delivery of optimal patient care. This includes understanding the roles, responsibilities, and scope of practice of various health professions, and skills at collaborative decision making and team-based communication.

Domain 2: Integrated, Patient-Centered Care
The development of attitudes and skills that support patient empowerment and inclusion in care planning while demonstrating sensitivity to autonomy, culture, language, literacy, socioeconomic conditions, and patient comfort. Additionally, the integration of evidence based practice, informatics, self-management support, and care coordination to provide the best patient care and health outcomes. 


Domain 3: Wellness

The integration of evidence-based prevention guidelines and development of patient education skills enabling a system change from "sick-care" to wellness prevention. Students across professions will demonstrate an understanding of an ecological model for determinants of health and program components that support community and population health. 

Domain 4: Patient Safety and Quality Care
The ability to demonstrate personal and systems quality improvement processes and communication skills across professions that lead to reduced errors and adverse outcomes and improved quality of care. 
Domain 5: Social Justice
The ability to recognize one's responsibility to act for the good of others and apply knowledge and skills in helping the most vulnerable. This includes understanding and working to eliminate health disparities, and developing skills for advocacy, policy change, and community development. 

Attributes of Effective IPE, IPP, & Team-Based Care