Patient and Interprofessional Approach to Content Development

Patient and Interprofessional Approach to Content Development

With oversight provided by ACP’s Patient and Interprofessional Partnership Committee, ACP’s Patient and Interprofessional Partnership develops education for physicians that incorporates and validates the knowledge and perspectives of patients, caregivers, and the interprofessional members of the health care team. Our content development process follows a patient-centered approach, best practices for team-based care, and an instructional design framework. Using the principles below, we aim to empower internal medicine teams with the knowledge and skills to create, promote, and sustain interprofessional care that fosters patient partnership, improves health, and engenders team well-being.


ACP’s patient and interprofessional approach to content creation is guided by the following principles:

  1. Apply health literacy and instructional design best practices to develop materials, including:

    • using language that is at an appropriate reading level for the target audiences (at or below a 6th grade reading level for patient education materials).
    • promoting engagement through the inclusion of rich multimedia, a diverse variety of perspectives, and opportunities for active learning.
    • practicing cultural competence by using language and imagery that appeal to the cultural preferences of targeted audiences.
  2. Prioritize clinical integrity by:

    • applying evidence-based research from peer-reviewed publications and credible scientific organizations.
    • incorporating ACP Clinical Guidelines and Best Practice Advice into materials wherever relevant.
    • utilizing the expertise of ACP member physicians and a multidisciplinary advisory committee to design and critically evaluate content for usability, adherence to clinical guidelines, and the promotion of High Value Care best practices.
  3. Promote patient and interprofessional voices by:

    • recognizing interprofessional healthcare workers as members of the care team along with the physician.
    • employing strategies that foster empathic and constructive communication between patients and interprofessional healthcare teams.
    • encouraging patients and clinicians to partner with families/caregivers when making important health decisions.
    • including diverse patients and caregivers on resource development advisory committees.
    • convening patient and interprofessional focus groups when necessary to assess and provide feedback on all aspects of the resources in development.