October 17, 2019 at the Conrad Grebel Centre for Peace Advancement in Waterloo, Ontario. This workshop will provide participants with simple, practical tools and approaches to building trust. Participants will be able to bring these back into their collaborative efforts and renew engagement and shared ownership.  To learn more or register click here.

This article describes a study aimed at developing a better understanding of the current operations of two family health teams in Ontario. The findings provide a helpful basis for implementing interventions in primary care. 10 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

This study is a needs assessment of ethnic Chinese older adults in Japan. The needs were matched with a city’s Health, Welfare, and Long-term Care Insurance Program Plan seeking to identify differences between ethnic Chinese and Japanese community members.

The elderly population of the future may not look much like the old people of today. It will be less white and with fewer native English speakers. That means physicians, nurses, social workers and health aides will have to adapt to our increasingly diverse society.

Frailty is a well known and accepted term to clinicians working with older people. The study aim was to determine whether an intervention could reduce frailty and improve mobility.

Collaborative practice happens when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, carers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care. It allows health workers to engage any individual whose skills can help achieve local health goals.

The purpose of this guideline is to provide evidence-based recommendations for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses in self-management support. These recommendations identify strategies and interventions that enhance an individual’s ability to manage their chronic health condition. It is intended for nurses who work in a variety of practice settings across the continuum of care. It is acknowledged that the practitioner’s knowledge, skills, attitudes, critical analysis and decision making vary and are enhanced over time by experience and education. It is acknowledged that effective health care depends on a coordinated interprofessional approach incorporating ongoing communication between health professionals and clients/families.

Achieving healthy work environments for nurses requires transformational change, with interventions that target underlying workplace and organizational factors. We have developed these guidelines to bring about that change. Implementing them will make a difference for nurses, their patients/clients and the organizations and communities in which they practice. We anticipate that a focus on creating healthy work environments will benefit not only nurses but other members of health-care teams as well. We also believe that best practice guidelines can be successfully implemented only where there are adequate planning processes, resources, organizational and administrative supports, and appropriate facilitation.

The overall goal of Interprofessional education and collaborative practice is to provide health system users with improved health outcomes. Interprofessional collaboration (IPC) occurs when learners/practitioners, patients/clients/families and communities develop and maintain interprofessional working relationships that enable optimal health outcomes. Interprofessional education (IP E), which is the process of preparing people for collaborative practice, and IPC itself, are more and more frequently incorporated into health professional education and models of practice. For this reason, a clear understanding of the characteristics of the ideal collaborative practitioner is required to inform curriculum and professional development for interprofessional education, and enlighten professional practice for interprofessional collaboration.

Integrating care and ensuring appropriate “hand offs” between providers is one of the quality challenges facing Ontario’s health system today. A number of priority indicators related to advancing integrated care were included in the Quality Improvement Plans (QIPs) submitted in 2014-15 by Ontario’s hospitals, primary care organizations, Community Care Access Centres (CCACs), and long-term care homes. This report explores those indicators and user data from the 2014-15 QIPs to show how health care organizations in multiple sectors are working together to address these concerns. 19 pages.

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