Got Ethics? Exploring the Value of Interprofessional Collaboration Through a Comparison of Discipline Specific Codes of Ethics

Publication ID Published Volume
9331 January 30, 2013 9


Quality health care requires that health professionals are well informed about the contributions of their own and other health professionals. Ethics is a shared, relevant concern among health and human service disciplines and is an ideal vehicle for students from different fields to learn about one another's disciplines and to participate in interprofessional discussions and problem solving. (Interprofessional Education Collaborative, 2011; World Health Organization, 2010)

This session is relevant to a number of the general and specific core competencies named in the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Report of an Expert Panel, including:

  • Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values.
  • Respect the unique cultures, values, roles/responsibilities, and expertise of other health professions.
  • Listen actively, and encourage ideas and opinions of other team members.
  • Develop consensus on the ethical principles to guide all aspects of patient care and team work.
  • Reflect on individual and team performance for individual, as well as team, performance improvement.

The session can be used at any time in a course sequence and may be especially useful as an introductory session.

Please see detail regarding the effectiveness of our work in our proposal and in the attached document. Beginning in Fall 2011, we collected specific student evaluation data on the Interprofessional Ethics Grid exercise. In fall 2011, 96 students participated in the exercise and over 97% rated the experience as helpful or very helpful. In spring 2012, 96 students participated and 98.5% rated the experience as helpful or very helpful. The faculty report that the exercise is very valuable to their students and sets a context for interprofessional collaborative practice. It provides an opportunity to reflect on disciplinary depth, collaborative practice, and "knowledge of one's own role and those of other professions, to appropriately assess and address the health needs of patients and populations served." (IPEC, 2011).


Akerson E, Stewart A, Baldwin J, Gloeckner J, Bryson B, Cockley D. Got ethics? Exploring the value of interprofessional collaboration through a comparison of discipline specific codes of ethics. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2013;9:9331.

Educational Objectives

  1. To engage in respectful discussion with other health and human service students from the same and different disciplines.
  2. To develop an understanding of commonalities and differences in the ethical principles in health and human services professions.


  • Ethical Decision-Making, Interprofessional Education Collaboration (IPEC)


Please see full list of references in the attached document.

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