Physicians work in partnership with others who are involved in the care of individual patients or specific groups of patients. This is increasingly important in a modern multi-professional environment where patient-centered care is a widely shared goal. Modern health care teams include not only a group of professionals working closely together at one site, such as a ward team, but also extended teams with a variety of perspectives and skills in multiple locations. It is therefore essential for physicians to be able to collaborate effectively with patients, families, and an inter-professional team of expert health professionals for education, scholarship, and the provision of optimal patient care.
* Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada