Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care Initiative

What Was Said

What Was Said

The Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care (EICP) Initiative was all about improving the primary health care safety net in Canada. We looked for improvements that enhance service delivery, increase our capacity to promote health as well as treat illness, ease the burden on health care professionals while building a more satisfied workforce, contribute to system efficiency and, ultimately, ensure that people have access to the right professional and the right services, at the right time.

The Initiative had a mandate to explore whether enhanced collaboration between the health professions can deliver these improvements.

Gathering input from the entire health care community, and the public, was critical to the success of the EICP Initiative. To build a "Framework that Fits", the Initiative designed a comprehensive consultation program that engaged all of the key players in primary health care - health care providers themselves, governments, educators, regulators, academics and the patients and clients of primary health care services. Our consultations included on-line surveys as well, so as many people as possible shared their views with the EICP team.

This section of the EICP web site will help you understand how our consultations were structured, who attended and most importantly what was said.

When the Initiative delivered its proposed principles and framework for interdisciplinary collaboration in primary health care, it reflected the voices, the energy and the innovation of all those who took the time to help us build a better primary health care safety net.

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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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