The World Health Professions Alliance speaks for more than 41 million health professionals worldwide, assembling essential knowledge and experience from the key health professions in more than 130 countries.
WHPA, as an interprofessional alliance, is committed to improving the health of populations worldwide through the efficient, effective and equitable delivery of preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative services. Health professionals strive to deliver high quality services within their scope of practice and with respect for the expertise of other members of the team. However, for individuals accessing health services, there may appear to be duplication, gaps and discontinuity as they progress through the health system. This is a challenge that health professions can address positively together and with other agencies.
WHPA's statement on interprofessional collaboration (ICP) includes a number of guiding principles for effective ICP.
According to WHO: "Collaborative practice happens when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, carers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings."
Effective interprofessional collaborative practice (ICP) can lead to:
In a culture of social responsiveness, effective ICP should be guided by the following principles:
 World Health Organization. (2010) Framework for action on interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO
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