Competencies for Optimal Practice in Integrated Environments
A two-year (2009-2011) interprofessional collaboration of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care that was engaged after leaders of the licensed ACCAHC disciplines determined that their principal shared area of interest was to respond to the growing interest of community clinics, hospitals and health systems in integrative health services. Over 50 academic and research leaders from the fields of chiropractic, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, naturopathic medicine, massage therapy and direct-entry midwifery participated in the initial publication, completed in October 2010. The subsequent publication by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative of the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice led to an exploration of the overlap. The final ACCAHC document fully embraced the IPEC competencies while adding 3 elements. The first is a segment on self care to the Ethics section (VE11: Demonstrate personal behaviors and self-care practices that reflect optimal health and wellness). The other two are fields: Evidence-based Healthcare and Evidence-informed Practice, and Institutional Healthcare Culture and Practice. The work was the subject of a presentation at CAB III.