The Importance of Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care in Rural and Northern Settings
November 24, 2015 | Emily Donato
A new briefing note published by Northern Policy Institute looks at how interprofessional care can be implemented as a strategy to improve access to health care in remote, rural, and northern communities. Prepared by Emily Donato, an assistant professor at the Laurentian University School of Nursing, the briefing note, The Importance of Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care in Rural and Northern Settings, defines interprofessional care as: “the provision of comprehensive health services to patients by multiple health care providers who work collaboratively to deliver quality care within and across settings.”
According to Donato, northern communities face a variety of challenges when it comes to accessing health care and she cites several research studies that point to collaboration as a way of addressing these challenges. Drawing on a number of sources, Donato outlines how an interprofessional care strategy can alleviate those challenges.
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