Development and pilot testing of the collaborative practice assessment tool

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Submitted by National Center... on Nov 25, 2014 - 2:11pm CST

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Journal Article

Collaborative practice is receiving increased attention as a model of healthcare delivery that positively influences the effectiveness and efficiency of patient care while improving the work environment of healthcare providers. The collaborative practice assessment tool (CPAT) was developed from the literature to enable interprofessional teams to assess their collaborative practice. The CPAT survey included 56 items across nine domains including: mission and goals; relationships; leadership; role responsibilities and autonomy; communication; decision-making and conflict management; community linkages and coordination; perceived effectiveness and patient involvement; in addition to three open-ended questions. The tool was developed for use in a variety of settings involving a diversity of healthcare providers with the aim of helping teams to identify professional development needs and corresponding educational interventions. The results of two pilot tests indicated that the CPAT is a valid and reliable tool for assessing levels of collaborative practice within teams. This article describes the development of the tool, the pilot testing and validation process, as well as limitations of the tool.

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Corinne Schroder
Jennifer Medves
Margo Paterson
Vaughan Byrnes
Christine Chapman
Anne O'Riordan
Deborah Pichora
Carly Kelly
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Outcomes-based Evaluation Tools