Collaboration in Health Care

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Collaboration in Health Care

Organisations today are a network with cross-disciplinary teams whom are increasingly expected to innovate, administer changes and enhance work quality and efficiency. The present emphasis on lowering health care costs while advancing quality of care in Canada places additional pressure on public health institutions to source for more efficient and effective means of delivering quality services.

Exceptional health care is carried out through a collaborative approach including various professionals and their clients. The collaborations between providers, patients and their families in shared decision-making, coordination and cooperation has been deemed as interprofessional collaborative practice.

The cooperation between health care teams can enhance patient education and engagement in their care, including behavioral changes such as information seeking and effective delivery of information, patient involvement in decision-making and patient participation in self-care. When the delivery of information to patients is uniform, responsive and establish understanding allow patients to be part of the care decisions. Hence, the role of the patient and patient-clinician interactions is fundamental to the interprofessional team.

Further, advocating collaborative teams can also favor staff and the organisations they work in. staff satisfaction and retention is more dominant in health care organisations where staff are involved in a collaborative culture of quality and safety. Other benefits include wider perceptions of empowerment and recognition. This may be because collaborative usually involve greater horizontal power structures, more open and inclusive communication, and better role understanding, respect and appreciation between members. Highly collaborative, high performance teams may also lead to value and process improvement, innovation, initiative and process advancement. Collaborative practices can also be nurtured through education and skills training. Interviews with nurses and allied health professionals in Alberta brought to light the establishment of two main competencies that was essential to the collaboration. The first competency include understanding role boundaries and expectations within the team and finding the symmetry between the needs of professional identity and team identity. One of the means is to play down individual professional needs and roles in favour of team objectives and partnership may in fact bolster a more patient-centred model of care.

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