Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council
56 Wellesley St W.,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Telephone and Facsimile
Interprofessional Collaboration Resources: The following resources provide useful background to the discussion of interprofessional collaboration.
1. Health Canada: Synthesis Series on Sharing Insights - Collaborative Care: This section of the synthesis report is intended to summarize the noteworthy results/outcomes and findings that emerged from the review of those PHCTF initiatives which addressed collaborative care. It is not intended to represent a meta-review of evaluative findings resulting from initiative evaluations. The results are summarized under the three broad categories defined by Martin-Rodriguez et al. (2005) as being determinants of successful collaboration in health care: interactional, organizational and systemic determinants.
2. HealthForce Ontario: Interprofessional Care: A Blueprint for Action in Ontario, developed by the IPC Steering Committee, outlines action-oriented recommendations and priorities that will facilitate the implementation of interprofessional care in Ontario. The Blueprint provides direction, based on consensus from stakeholders and experts, for how interprofessional care can be implemented within the health care and education systems.
3. Conference Board of Canada: This report explores the legislative and regulatory environment, and finds that regulation-which is mostly self-regulation in Canada-is often inconsistent and unclear, and becomes increasingly complex across professions and jurisdictions. It examines orders of regulation (describing who regulates); modes (describing the how); and regulatory instruments (scope of practice, delegation, codes of ethics and consent to release information) through the lens of collaborative care. The report finds that legislation and regulation currently act as neither barriers nor supporters. Recommendations for change-overwhelmingly recognized as necessary by regulators- include putting an end to the legislative silence, amending ancillary legislation, providing regulators with incentives to better support collaborative care, encouraging them to work together in essential areas, and funding an arm's-length organization dedicated to creating and sharing information among regulators.
Background to Health Professions' Regulation in Ontario
This review, headed by Alan Schwartz, led to the creation of the Regulated Health Professions Act in 1991.