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Interprofessional and Contributor Education for Collaborative Patient-Centred Care

Essential to a highly effective collaborative relationship is the principle that team members not only have a thorough understanding of their own roles, responsibilities, and scopes of practice, but of those of their team-mates as well. Equally vital is the mutual respect of wide-ranging perspectives and an insistence on open, honest communication.


All professional and contributor* members of the health care system who recognize the importance of interprofessional collaboration and are excited to embark on the process of creating, and working in, such a team.

Session description

A 2-day highly interactive experiential workshop, which addresses the following areas:

  • The importance of learning with, from, and about one another
  • Meeting others on a professional and personal level 
  • Exploring perceptions of other professions
  • Self-assessment using interprofessional collaborative competencies
  • Examining the “what and why” of IPE and collaborative practice"
  • Understanding roles and responsibilities in interprofessional teams
  • Examining the characteristics of highly functioning interprofessional teams
  • Patient reflections of interprofessional care
  • Exploring labels and stereotypes in interprofessional/contributor teams
  • Identifying personal conflict styles
  • Managing conflict in the interprofessional team
  • Understanding other health professionals’ perspectives and approaches to patient care
  • Creating an individual and team-based sustainable, realistic “go-forward” plan

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this session, the participant will be able to: 

  • Examine the “who, what, when, and why” of IPE
  • Define collaborative patient-centred care
  • Explain how IPE affects collaborative patient-centred care
  • Describe the benefits, barriers, and enablers to collaborative patient-centred care and IPE
  • Describe the role of the health professional and contributor in collaborative patient-centred care
  • Describe the composition of collaborative teams
  • Enhance role understanding in relation to other’s expertise, skills, training, and theory by exploring stereotypes
  • Encourage health professionals and contributors to discuss each other’s responsibilities and roles to foster interprofessional culturally sensitive collaborative care
  • Recognize the necessity of communicating roles to others to enhance collaborative patient-centred care
  • Gain an understanding of other health professionals’ perspectives of, and approaches to, patient-centred care
  • Assist the interprofessional team to learn effective strategies to reflect upon and resolve interpersonal conflict to facilitate collaborative care
  • Apply the competencies required to facilitate interprofessional team collaboration
  • Describe how to establish a climate that is favorable to collaborative learning in the care environment
  • Examine how labelling health professionals and contributors affect communication and collaboration
  • Recognize the existence of professional and personal cultures and how this may affect interprofessional collaboration and communication