In addition, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) is an excellent example of interprofessional collaboration among scholars from nursing and other professions such as social scientists. Central to the daily practice of the NP is the collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary team to include social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapist, specialists, clergy, community resources, physicians and many others to provide a comprehensive holistic care to the patients. Schmidt, Kari L. MS, RN-BC, ACC. Interprofessional education (IPE) can help support IPC skills. ‘How this fits in with quality in primary care’ Interprofessional collaboration is recognized as an important means of improving patient care. 1. Collaboration has been defined Through the adoption of a mixed methods approach that gathered on-site tracking and observation, self-recorded logs of consultations and focus group in … Bridging the gap: interprofessional collaboration between nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist. Effective interprofessional collaboration (IPC) is essential for the delivery of chronic care. In its simplest form, interprofessional collaboration is the practice of approaching patient care from a team-based perspective. interprofessional collaboration among healthcare professionals (IOM, 2010). Nurse-physician collaboration is one such concept. In a climate constantly demanding efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and quality improvement, interprofessional collaboration warrants re-examination because maximizing nurse-physician collaboration holds promise for improving patient care and creating satisfying work roles. The role of a Nurse Practitioner is very multifaceted and is ever evolving and growing. 2011 Jan-Feb;25(1):33-40. doi: 10.1097/NUR.0b013e318202104d. Clin Nurse Spec. collaboration. Interprofessional Collaboration and Partnership. Keywords: Nurse Practitioner, interprofessional collaboration, interdisciplinary collaboration, healthcare teams, role integration. As the delivery of healthcare evolves to become more interconnected, coordinating care between nurses, pharmacists, physicians, social workers and other disciplines has become increasingly important. This makes IPE interesting for GP practices where chronic care is delivered by GPs together with practice nurses, especially for GP trainees who have to learn to collaborate with practice nurses during their training. Expansion of the nurse practitioner (NP) role worldwide indicates a need to understand how the role functions in interprofessional healthcare teams. 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