Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care Initiative


Liability is a concern for all health professionals and this is especially true when they are asked to work in a collaborative setting. Tools have been sought around liability protection or insurance.

Click on the categories below to find sample materials, resources and/or other web links.

Liability Risks in Interdisciplinary Care: Thinking Outside the Box The Conference Board of Canada (April 2007)

This report analyzes liability concerns raised by health professionals in the context of interdisciplinary collaborative practices and provides recommendations to support broader adoption of these models of care.


Alberta Medical Association Practice Management Program

Provides business related advice to family physicians as they develop Primary Care Networks (LPCIs). Specifically developing physician leaders, governance structures, mitigating risk (legal, business, financial, tax), managing change and letters of intent/business plans. The AMA also has clinical practice guideline program. www.albertadoctors.org

Canadian Medical Protective Agency (CMPA) and the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS)

This is a joint statement on liability protection for nurse practitioners and physicians in collaborative practice. It discusses liability risks, liability protection and risk management.


Newfoundland Department of Health and Social Services

Professional responsibility, accountability, and legal protection are among the most important reasons for accurate documentation. The Diabetes Collaborative Flow Sheet is a permanent legal record that is maintained in the client chart.

Guidelines for Completion of Diabetes

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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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