Workshop Symposia

Approaches to Outcomes Measurement in Interprofessional Education (W002)

Chitra Subramaniam (Duke Office of CME, Duke University School of Medicine); Dhruti Sheth (Duke Office of CME, Duke University School of Medicine); Rupal Vora (Duke Office of CME, Duke University School of Medicine); Jamie Watson (Duke Office of CME, Duke University School of Medicine)


Chitra Subramaniam Ph.D. — Director Duke Office of Continuing Medical Education


Dhruti Sheth, Rupal Vora and Jamie Watson, Duke Office of Continuing Medical Education


Interprofessional and/or team based education has immense value in facilitating quality/performance improvement. According to the Center for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (2002), “No one profession, working in isolation, has the expertise to respond adequately and effectively to the complexity of many service users’ needs.” Clear definition of outcomes and appropriate measurement methods is critical to the success of interprofessional education. Common questions that arise include the following – How do we define measures and metrics for each of the different teams in interprofessional education and for each member of the team in team-based learning. How do we ensure that each member of the team has accomplished their objectives? This session will address these questions and share with participants’ methodologies to answer them as well. This session will clearly demonstrate a pathway to identify outcomes, the measures, the metrics, objectives and the relevant educational formats for interprofessional education.


The session will be organized as an interactive hands-on workshop. The workshop will also provide an overview of concepts related to program evaluation and measurement and the relevance of these concepts to outcomes based education in CME. The presenters will use examples to describe the process of defining and determining outcomes. The presentation will also include case studies to showcase the methodology and the different steps involved creating measures, identifying the different data sources and defining the tactics. The session will also introduce a tool that is used by the staff at the Office of CME at Duke University to assist in progressing through the steps involved in identifying the outcomes and the metrics for measurement in interprofessional education. This format will also help participants clearly understand the process, the information that needs to be researched and the data needed.

Expected Outcomes for Participants:

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the process for identifying outcomes and the relevant measures.
  • Identify outcomes and relevant measures for each team participating in Interprofessional Education.
  • Develop plans to operationalize measurement strategies in Interprofessional Education.
  • Analyze data collection methods as they relate to Interprofessional outcomes based education.
  • Discuss effective reporting of data collected and analyzed.