Preparing Tomorrow’s Healthcare Providers for Interprofessional Collaborative Patient-Centred Practice Today

Aaron K. Chan, Victoria Wood

ABSTRACT

Interprofessional collaborative patient-centred practice is increasingly recognized as a means of addressing the challenges facing today’s health care environment, such as patient safety issues, human resource shortages, and populations with complex health care needs. However, in order to be able to practice collaboratively, future health care providers need to receive an education that gives them the competencies necessary for being an effective team member. Interprofessional education provides opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to work as a member of an interprofessional team. This paper discusses some of the main arguments in support of moving towards collaborative practice models and advocates the need to train future health care providers using an interprofessional approach in support of this shift. This paper provides a survey of the literature in support of incorporating interprofessional education into health and human service curricula.

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Chan AK, Wood V. Preparing Tomorrow’s Healthcare Providers for Interprofessional Collaborative Patient-Centred Practice Today. UBCMJ. 2010 1(2):22-24.