Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care Initiative

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Collaborating Across Borders: An American-Canadian Dialogue on Interprofessional Health Education" on October 24-26, 2007, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Together across national and health professions borders, the link between interprofessional education (IPE), policy, and collaborative patient-centered practice will be explored. Share your ideas: submit a proposal for a session today! For further information: www.ipe.umn.edu.


Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center and the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative.

We have reached the end of our Initiative. The good news is that this web site will remain functional so that you can access the wealth of information, tools, and anecdotes we produced or collected since April 2004. Please, pass the good news and enjoy this web site!

Welcome to the web site for the Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care (EICP) Initiative!

In this exciting and inspiring national initiative, the leaders in Canada’s primary health care system worked together to facilitate more interdisciplinary collaboration. Between April 2004 and September 2006, the EICP Initiative engaged primary health care providers, governments and Canadians in a national effort to create a framework for change and innovation in primary health care.

Our objective was to encourage health professionals to work together in the most effective and efficient way to produce the best health outcomes for patients and for providers. We had an ambitious research agenda designed to gain new insights into successful primary care models in both urban and rural settings. We also studied successful interdisciplinary primary health care practices across Canada and collected practical tools to encourage inter-disciplinary collaboration. The Initiative delivered a set of guiding principles and a framework for collaboration that is inspiring health care providers and governments to ensure that Canadians have access to the right professional and the right services, at the right time.

A Steering Committee comprised of physicians, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, dietitians, psychologists, pharmacists, occupational therapists and a national coalition on preventative practices provided leadership and direction to the Initiative.

The EICP Initiative was funded by Health Canada’s Primary Health Care Transition Fund.

Our work will be of interest to health services providers, policy-makers and, of course, all Canadians. We invite you to navigate this site to find motivation, insights and tools, to strengthen your interdisciplinary practices.

Primary health care involves responding to illness within the broader determinants of health. It also includes co-ordinating, integrating and expanding systems and services to provide more population health, sickness prevention and health promotion by all disciplines. It encourages the best use of all health providers to maximize the potential of all health resources.” — Adapted from: A. Mable and J. Marriott, “Sharing the learning — The health transition fund synthesis series: Primary health care,” (Ottawa: Health Canada, 2002).

Funding for this Initiative was provided by Health Canada.

The opinions expressed in this web are those of the authors/researchers and do not necessarily reflect the official views of Health Canada.

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Spotlight on Collaboration

The Collaboration Toolkit is now available for your reading pleasure. This toolkit contains our last research report—Interdisciplinary Primary Health Care: Finding the Answers—and a vast warehouse containing tools that have been designed across the country to support interdisciplinary practices. The Collaboration Toolkit offers practical tips and tools such as checklists, vision and policy statements, floor plans, transfer of function agreements, and many others. It is a must-read for anyone considering—or involved in—interdisciplinary care.

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