Interprofessional Collaboration: A Healthcare Professional's Duty
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Today’s patients have complex healthcare needs and require more than one discipline to address issues regarding health status. As care needs become more complex, delivery processes involve numerous interfaces and patient handoffs among multiple healthcare professionals with varying levels of educational and occupational training. The evidence-based project assessed the use of interprofessional collaboration in the community mental health center and its effect on patient access to care. Results suggested that healthcare professionals have a responsibility for patient outcomes and meeting the patient’s healthcare needs with interprofessional collaboration being a key factor.