Purpose: The purposes of this article were to review the current state of Inter-Professional Education (IPE) in theareas of health and medical care services in Korea, and to introduce a case study on Occupational Therapy (OT)students included in Gunma University, Japan.
Methods and results: We searched KMBASE, Google Scholar, KISTI, RISS and KoreaMed using the phrase“InterProfessional Education” for dates up to December 2019, and collected articles published in domesticacademic journals. Based on a systematic review and a case study of Gunma University, the related terminologyand definitions, educational theories, and practices were determined. Sixteen studies consisting of eight originaland seven review articles were included in the review. Among the 16 studies, 7 were from medical research, 4from nursing, and 2 from pharmacy, and 3 were conducted in collaboration with medical-science. Since 2010,Gunma University School of Health Sciences has maintained collaboration with the World Health Organization(WHO) in disseminating IPE models and investigating their educational effectiveness, and was designated as aWHO Collaborating Centre in 2013. Its educational purposes and learning effect were also introduced in thereview.
Conclusion: This is the first study introducing IPE in the field of OT in Korea, and we therefore highly expect thatthe necessity of participation and collaborative practice will become recognized in OT education and practice, andthat systematic research on the introduction of IPE can be actively discussed.