Collaborative Practice

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Collaborative Practice
In our ever changing health care system the need for collaboration is more needed than ever. Collaboration as defined on Wikipedia "is a process defined by the recursive interaction of knowledge and mutual learning between two or more people who are working together, in an intellectual endeavor, toward a common goal" (Wikipedia, 2007). Collaboration is a complex process that requires intentional knowledge sharing and joint responsibility for patient care. Sometimes it occurs within long-term relationships between health professionals. On other occasions, collaboration may involve short encounters. In these settings there is no second chance to collaborate effectively (Lindeke & Sieckert, 2005). The challenge, then, is to make the most of all interactions in order to utilize the best knowledge and abilities of all the health team and produce positive patient outcomes. Each health care profession has information the other needs to possess in order to practice successfully. Neither can stand alone, making good collaboration skills essential (Lindeke & Sieckert, 2005). The purpose of this paper is to look at a case study illustrating collaborative practice between healthcare entities and how they interact or should have interacted more effectively. Collaboration is multidimensional. It can occur in both face-to-face encounters and electronically via fast paced interactions such as voice mail and email. In whatever place or form, collaboration involves an exchange of views and ideas that considers the perspectives of all the collaborators, whether or not agreement is reached in the interaction (Coeling & Cukr, 1997). It is necessary to define what is not implied by the term ‘collaboration'. It does not imply supervision nor is it simply a one-way or two-way information exchange. Effective professional collaborative relationships require mutual respect (Kramer & Schmalenberg, 2003). Collaboration may seem idealistic and perhaps even...
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