The following principles guided the activities of the Enhancing
Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care (EICP) Initiative.
The EIPC Steering Committee and project team
worked to ensure balance and breadth of perspective at all EIPC-hosted
events, consultations or roundtables.
All Steering Committee members had a shared interest in advancing
interdisciplinary collaboration in primary health care in Canada. The
Steering Committee had the latitude it required to undertake any
research or work it considered necessary, and to determine the nature and
scope of its recommendations.
The EICP Steering Committee and project team operated in an open and
transparent manner and posted on the EICP web site: formal
submissions it received; any research, focus groups, surveys or public
opinion research it commissioned or undertook; and interim reports or
recommendations it made to the initiative authority.
Every reasonable effort was made to raise awareness of the EIPC
Initiative among interested primary health care stakeholders and to
enable them to share their views and perspectives with the project team.
The project team used multiple communications channels to share
information about the Initiative and solicited third-party input and
The EICP Steering Committee and project team responded to all reasonable information requests or queries in a timely,
responsible and complete fashion, with due regard to the privacy rights
of individuals. The EICP Steering Committee reviewed, on its merits,
any proposal or recommendation it received to enhance interdisciplinary
collaboration in primary health care in Canada.
conclusions of the commissioned reports were based on a thorough and objective assessment of the
best available evidence.
The EICP project team undertook its research,
engagement and deliberative processes in a responsible, comprehensive
and timely fashion that ensured breadth of perspective and respect for
the professional judgement and capacities of providers, patients,
regulators and governments.
The EICP Steering Committee adjusted its processes, activities and
general timeframes to take account of the evolving public and policy
environment, and to accommodate the broadest possible participation by
interested stakeholders in its activities and deliberations.