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Benefits of interprofessional collaboration

The benefits of interprofessional collaboration and quality primary healthcare are detailed in a new publication from the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, titled Interprofessional Collaboration and Quality Primary Healthcare. Authors of the report include Faculty of Medicine members Dr. Vernon Curran, Dr. Marshall Godwin and Lindsay Glynn (Health Sciences Library) as well as Juanita Barrett of IDEAL Health Solutions, Inc.

The synthesis report was commissioned to gain a better understanding of the evidence surrounding interprofessional collaboration in primary healthcare in Canada, and the potential benefits for patients and health care providers. It provides a systematic review of peer-reviewed literature regarding outcomes of interprofessional collaboration in primary healthcare, a Canadian environmental scan to obtain stakeholder feedback and incorporates findings from initiatives and projects that involved primary healthcare provision.

One of the key messages in the report is that there is high-quality evidence supporting positive outcomes for patients, providers, and the system in specialized areas such as interprofessional collaboration in mental health care and chronic disease prevention and managements. The review suggests there is evidence to support positive provider, system and patient outcomes as a result of enhanced interprofessional collaboration. Dr. Curran noted that this is particularly pronounced for chronic disease or special needs populations.

The report recommends that a plan for rigorous and quality primary healthcare evaluation and research concerning interprofessional collaboration be developed and implemented. The full report is available at www.chsf.ca/research_themes/documents/SynthesisReport_E_FINAL.pdf.
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