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Collaboration and Communication in Healthcare: Principles of Interprofessional Practice

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Date Developed: 06/09/2016. Source: University of California, San Francisco, Interprofessional Education Program. Presenter(s): n.a.. Type: Online Course. Level: Intermediate Introductory. Length: Series; varying lengths..


Interprofessional collaborative practice is key to safe, high quality, accessible, patient-centered care. This course aims to introduce health professions learners to the fundamental principles and skills for effective interprofessional collaborative practice. This course is comprised of five modules consisting of 6-10 segments each. The five modules are available to be used consecutively or as stand-alone content.

Module 1: What’s it all about? Introducing core interprofessional education concepts. (7 videos)

Module 2: Who is on my team? Understanding the roles and abilities of different health professions. (6 videos)

Module 3: How will our work get done? Understanding task distribution, accountability, and communication. (8 videos)

Module 4: How do we tackle challenges? Conflict management and negotiation. (9 videos)

Module 5: How can we work together? Leadership and membership in teams. (10 videos)

Learning Objectives

• Explore the benefits of interprofessional collaboration for patients and providers.

• Discuss some of the forces that are moving healthcare towards greater interprofessional collaboration.

• Describe the roles and scope of practice for different healthcare professionals Introduce key skills to enhance communication, collaboration and conflict management.

• Explore team leadership and membership.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.