Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care Initiative


The Principles and Framework for Interdisciplinary Collaboration are the crowning achievement of the Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care (EICP) Initiative. Many consultations and much research lie behind this important document. The principles and framework provide a vision for how the primary health care system should develop, and provide direction to stakeholders regarding what elements are needed to support such a system.

Principles are the shared values that all parties agree are critical to establishing a primary health care system that promotes collaboration and teamwork. EICP principles are intended to guide and inspire health care reforms associated with strengthening the primary health care safety net.

The EICP Framework is composed of the structural elements required to support primary health care. The majority of these elements must be addressed (or present) in order to build and sustain a health care system that maximizes the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration for patients/clients, health care providers and health systems.

All the EICP�s 10 founding organizations plus one coalition, as well as 38 other organizations endorsed the Principles and Framework. This document will stand for many years to come as a workable blueprint that will help to lead everyone in the health care community – providers, the public, governments, educators and regulators – to a future where it is more common to find collaboration among the health professions.

Yellowknife Cultural Crossroads
The Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care (EICP) encountered Yellowknife Cultural Crossroads in their travels and were inspired by it. Hundreds of human hand prints are carved into the rock face, surrounding a traditional drum and a raven. Nearby, a bronze sculpture, designed by three Aboriginal artists working with noted Quebec sculptor Armand Vaillancourt, celebrates the power of working together. La Fédération Franco-TéNOise, which conceived and coordinated this sculpture project, sought to create a testament to the close collaboration of the Metis, Dene, Inuvialuit, English and French. The project is dedicated to all peoples of the North.

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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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