The politics outside the room had a life of their own."—a participant
Dates of Project: April to mid-June 2012
Field of Work: Cooperation between physicians and nurses
Problem Synopsis: Twelve physician and nurse leaders met throughout summer and fall 2011 to produce a document on interprofessional collaboration. However, the effort failed after the leak of a confidential draft consensus document and objections from physicians' groups, primarily about scope of practice.
Synopsis of the Work: The Center for Applied Research, which facilitated the 2011 meetings, convened and interviewed participants and RWJF staff to consider lessons learned and next steps.
Key Lessons: Among the key lessons from this process are the following:
- The original dialogue produced not only a document but also a new understanding between nurses and doctors, and spurred debate among members of their organizations.
- Interprofessional collaboration is already occurring on the ground—the problem is at the organizational level.
- The patient must be at the center of such collaboration, but challenges remain in applying that focus.