Interprofessional Collaboration

Health Canada defines Interprofessional Collaboration as “working together with one or more members of the health team who each make a unique contribution to achieving a common goal, enhancing the benefit for patients. It is a process for communication and decision making that enables the separate and shared knowledge and skills of different care providers to synergistically influence the care provided through changed attitudes and behaviors, all the while emphasizing patient-centered goals and values.” (Health Canada, 2010)

Note - Interprofessional Collaboration and Interprofessional Teams are often used interchangeably

There are many resources available for those interested in learning more about different health professionals working and learning together. The following list is not meant to be comprehensive but rather a starting off point for those interested in the subject.

BC Resources

UBC Health

UBC Health is a partnership of all academic health programs at UBC. It promotes and facilitates internal collaboration, and provides a coordinated interface with the developing province-wide Academic Health Science Network. The website has many resources.

Other Provincial Resources

Registered Nurses of Ontario (RNAO)

RNAO best practice guideline: Developing and Sustaining Interprofessional Health Care: Optimizing patients/clients, organizational, and system outcomes
This Best Practice Guideline identifies best practices to enable, enhance and sustain teamwork and interprofessional collaboration, and to enhance positive outcomes for patients/clients, systems and organizations. It is based on the best available evidence; where evidence was limited, the recommendations were based on the consensus of expert opinion.

National Resources

Canadian Nurses Association

The Canadian Nurses Association has position statements, research syntheses and other resources related to interprofessional collaboration.

Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative

The Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC) is a unique national organization that provides health providers, teams and organizations with the resources and tools needed to apply an interprofessional, patient-centred and collaborative approach to healthcare. While many organizations are working hard to improve the health of Canadians, CIHC's core activities are designed to make us the ‘go to’ resource for these organizations when they require expert advice, knowledge or information on interprofessional collaboration.
CIHC also networks individuals, teams and organizations by profiling regional interprofessional activities and other interprofessional projects.

International Resources

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education National Center offers and supports evaluation, research, data and evidence that ignites the field of interprofessional practice and education and leads to better care, added value and healthier communities.

Research Journals

Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education

The Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education is an open access journal that disseminates theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and evidence-based knowledge to inform interprofessional practice, education, and research to improve health care delivery, quality of care, and health status for individuals, families, and communities.

Journal of Interprofessional Care

The Journal of Interprofessional Care disseminates research and new developments in the field of interprofessional education and practice. We welcome contributions containing an explicit interprofessional focus, and involving a range of settings, professions, and fields. Areas of practice covered include primary, community and hospital care, health education and public health, and beyond health and social care into fields such as criminal justice and primary/elementary education. Papers introducing additional interprofessional views, for example, from a community development or environmental design perspective, are welcome. The Journal is disseminated internationally and encourages submissions from around the world.

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