Interprofessional collaboration is “a partnership between a team of health providers and a client in a participatory collaborative and coordinated approach to shared decision making around health and social issues” (Bridges, Davidson, Odegard, Maki, & Tomkowiak, 2011). This partnership creates an interprofessional team which is designed to operate to achieve common goals in improving patient outcomes. Importantly, collaborative interactions are known to demonstrate a blending of various professional cultures; they are achieved through their members’ sharing of skills as well as knowledge in improving the patient care quality (Bridges, Davidson, Odegard, Maki, & Tomkowiak, 2011).
In health promotion initiatives, the use of interprofessional collaboration is highly relevant, since it helps address the complex needs of modern patients, who often require assistance from more than one discipline expert in dealing with the issues concerning their health status (Bridges, Davidson, Odegard, Maki, & Tomkowiak, 2011). Evidence suggests that the use of assistance from interprofessional teams leads to a more clinically effective medical service, generates greater health outcomes, and helps medical care stay innovative and patient-focused. Specifically, the relevance of using of interprofessional teams has been regarded in the scholarly literature as a major strategy for overcoming health challenges in rural areas and proving efficient health care there (Mitchell, Paliadelis, McNeil, Parker, Giles, Higgins, Parmenter, & Ahrens, 2013).
According to, the key reasons for using the interprofessional collaboration approach have been “unacceptable number of medical errors, poor coordination of care, and poor health outcomes” and a need to serve patients/the community with efficient, safe, timely, patient-centered, and effective health care. In the issue of health promotion initiatives, the use of interprofessional team will ensure a complex and diverse services, able to respond to the community needs in an effective manner (Breitbach, Sargeant, Gettemeier, Ruebling, Carlson, Eliot, Kienstra, & Gockel-Blessing, 2013).