Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative

Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative

December 06, 2007 16:10 ET

CIHC Provides Solutions for Canada's Healthcare System

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 2007) - The Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC) is launching a new, interactive website, designed to engage interested Canadians in working together to improve interprofessional collaboration across Canada.

"Practice based on interprofessional collaboration principles needs to be implemented in order to achieve system changes," said Dr. John Gilbert, CIHC Project Lead. "If we can make these changes, we can begin to address key healthcare priorities such as workforce recruitment and retention, primary healthcare access and patient safety."

Interprofessional collaboration is when health providers work together with patients and their families to manage care. By improving understanding of the various skills and responsibilities of other professions, health professionals develop the required respect and trust needed to work as an efficient, patient-centred team.

"Our new website provides an opportunity for all Canadians to learn about these principles and consider ways they can become part of the health care team - whether they are a patient, a provider or an administrator."

The new website at www.cihc.ca includes detailed descriptions of CIHC's ongoing projects and work, a selection of useful resources for academics and health professionals, an easy access media/patient centre for those without a health care background and an online discussion forum.

"CIHC is providing a forum through which we can share interprofessional successes and challenges with like-minded individuals and colleagues all over the country," said Dr. Hassan Soubhi, University of Sherbrooke Professor, CIHC Francophone Spokesperson, and Project Co-Lead for the University of Montreal's Interprofessional Project (in collaboration with the University of Sherbrooke). "As a family medicine researcher, these are principles I can apply daily in my own work or with the residents I supervise."

"We already have a number of academics and health professionals involved, and we hope the new website will encourage others to share their ideas about how all health professionals can collaborate better," said Gilbert.

The Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative was formed in 2006, as a way to bring together the 20 "Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Patient-Centred Practice" projects funded through Health Canada's Pan-Canadian Health Human Resources Strategy. Since its inception, CIHC has been working towards building an extensive network for knowledge exchange, developing strategic partnerships, advancing curriculum development, supporting research initiatives and evaluating interprofessional theories and activities across Canada.

To learn more about the CIHC or to get involved, please visit the new website at www.cihc.ca.

CIHC is a Health Canada funded project.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative
    Dr. John Gilbert
    CIHC Project Lead
    (604) 827-3342
    Website: www.cihc.ca