Joint Accreditation Report Demonstrates Growth in Accredited Interprofessional Continuing Education

We’re delighted to announce the publication of the Joint Accreditation Report: Growth and Diversity of Accredited Continuing Education for Healthcare Teams–2019.

The purpose of the report is to provide a comprehensive picture of the scope of the accredited interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) community, including the range of jointly accredited organizations, educational activities, and learners. Jointly accredited providers can use this report to benchmark themselves against their colleagues and to demonstrate the value of their work to leadership and stakeholders. We thank the jointly accredited providers who submitted their data into the Joint Accreditation Program and Activity Reporting System (JA-PARS), making this report possible and creating the opportunity to present a more complete and in-depth picture of IPCE.

Key Takeaways– Advancing Continuing Education by the Team, for the Team 

  • In 2019, 87 jointly accredited providers offered more than 55,000 educational activities, comprising more than 250,000 hours of instruction.
  • A wide range of organization types are jointly accredited, including government and military organizations, hospitals and healthcare delivery systems, nonprofit membership organizations, publishing and education companies, and schools of health sciences and medicine.
  • Providers report the number of learners at each activity; these numbers are referred to as interactions in the data report. Educational activities offered by jointly accredited providers included almost 15 million interactions with healthcare professionals.
  • In addition to the data about physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians, this data report includes, for the first time, the numbers of learner interactions with optometrists, physician assistants (PAs), psychologists, and social workers. Providers reported the most interactions with nurses (50%), followed by physicians (25%).
  • The most common activity types were courses (49%), followed by Internet enduring materials (32%).
  • The activity type with the most learner interactions was Internet enduring materials (78%).
  • Joint Accreditation Criteria require providers to design activities to effect change. Providers reported that 97% of CE activities were designed to change learners’ skills/strategy, 45% were designed to change learners’ performance, and 16% were designed to change patient outcomes.

Joint Accreditation Data Report and Supplementary Resources

We welcome your questions or feedback about this report. Please contact us at info@jointaccreditation.org.