Common terminology is defined for this section and indicator behaviours (or what to look for) are outlined to provide context in which to base your decisions.

Interprofessionality:  The “development of a cohesive practice between professionals from different disciplines” (D’Amour & Oandasan, 2005, p. 9). Such a practice is developed through reflection on and a development of practice that responds to the needs of patients.  To achieve this type of practice, professionals are required to explore their interactions and knowledge sharing with each other, and investigate how this can be developed to provide optimal patient participation (D’Amour & Oandasan, 2005).

Interprofessional Care:  The provision of comprehensive health services to patients by multiple health caregivers who work collaboratively to deliver quality care within and across settings (Health Force Ontario, 2007).

Interprofessional Collaboration:  A dynamic process that involves sharing of responsibilities, health care philosophy/perspective, data, planning and intervention through working in a partnership toward a common goal in a context of interdependency and shared power (D’Amour, Ferrada-Videla, San Martin Rodriguez, & Beaulieu, 2005).

Interprofessional Education (IPE):  Interprofessional education occurs when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care (CAIPE, 2002).

Innovation:  New ideas and creative approaches to addressing health and health system challenges in Canada and worldwide (CIHR, 2006).

Principles of Collaboration:  Principles include sharing in planning, decision-making, problem-solving and goal setting. There is also shared responsibility for coordinating activities, communicating openly and understanding other points of view (Walters, Morgan, & Colbran-Smith, 1996).

Team:  Health professionals who work together to deliver patient care or individuals who are interdependent in their work and share responsibility for outcomes, and who maintain their identity across larger organizations (Cohen & Bailey, 1997).


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