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September 7, 1994

Interprofessional Care and Collaborative Practice

Author Affiliations

Medical Education Group American Medical Association Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1994;272(9):740. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520090110031

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The development of this book admirably reflects the concepts and principles it advocates. The sections on the process and methodology of interprofessional care and collaborative practice, as well as the case studies that thread their way through most of the chapters and are detailed in chapter 10, were written by authors with particular expertise who then solicited review by all contributors to the book, and others. The description in the final chapter of the group writing process is important for understanding how "interprofessional" differs from "multiprofessional" and "intraprofessional." Peculiar to interprofessionalism is the integration of professionals from various disciplines who share a common purpose to mold their separate skills into collective responsibility through mutual support and a clearly defined process for communicating, coordinating problem solving, resolving conflict, and conducting evaluation.

The examples and care studies in Interprofessional Care and Collaborative Practice apply this collective process to resolving medical problems, preventing

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