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Inter-professional Collaboration (IPC) is one of the ten attributes of Family Care Teams in Newfoundland and Labrador. IPC is the process of problem-solving, sharing responsibility for decision-making, and carry out of a care plan while working towards a common goal.

Collaborative team-based primary health care is particularly effective for patient care through management and prevention of chronic disease, providing care for people with complex needs, meeting the needs of the aging population, and providing mental health and addictions care. Strategic and intentional effort are required for a group of providers to transform into a high-functioning Family Care Team. This may take time, and facilitation may be necessary to help a group become a cohesive team.

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Figure: CIHC National Competency Framework - http://www.cihc-cpis.com/publications1.html

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