Stacking the Deck for Success in Interprofessional Collaboration

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The practice of interprofessional collaboration is increasingly being recognized as an important skill for educators, health professionals, and social service providers. Collaboration involves team building and developing integrated service delivery mechanisms to improve outcomes for recipients of health, education, and social services. The focus on health promotion and illness prevention has led to an increasing demand for health educators to become involved in these collaboratives as members and more often as facilitators. Key concepts associated with early stages of collaborative development are described, with a focus on forming a group identity and weathering the conflicts associated with task and personnel issues. Descriptions and instructions for facilitating activities to move the group successfully through these initial stages are described.

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