Stronger Together is a phrase that represents the value and power of collaboration. Interprofessional collaborative practice is achieved when health disciplines from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families and communities to deliver high-quality care in healthcare settings (World Health Organization [WHO], 2010). Collaborative practice is an essential competency for all healthcare team members. This library guide has been developed for both instructors and students in the RRC Polytech nursing program to ensure high-quality and evidenced-based resources are used to support student learning of concepts based on Interprofessional Practice.
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The Canadian Interprofessional Healthcare Collaborative [CIHC] defines interprofessional collaboration (IPC) as “a partnership between a team of healthcare providers in a participatory, collaborative and coordinated approach to shared decision-making around health and social issues” (CIHC, 2010). Six competencies embedded in the framework include patient/client/family/community-centred care, interprofessional communication, role clarification, team functioning, collaborative leadership and interprofessional conflict resolution (CIHC, 2010). The CIHC framework has been adopted across Canada in most healthcare settings. The CRNM and CNA also recognize it as an essential tool that nurses will utilize in everyday practice. The CRNM and CNA position statement is located in the library guide.
Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative. (2010). National interprofessional competency framework. https://phabc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/CIHC-National-Interprofessional-Competency-Framework.pdf
World Health Organization. (2010). Framework for action on interprofessional education and collaborative practice. https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/framework-for-action-on-interprofessional-education-collaborative-practice