Explain how interprofessional collaboration will help reduce errors, provide higher-quality care,
and increase safety. Provide an example of a current or emerging trend that will require more, or
change the nature of, interprofessional collaboration.
Interprofessional collaboration (IPC) is the process by which different health and social care
professional groups work together to positively impact care. IPC involves regular negotiation
and interaction between professionals, which values the expertise and contributions that various
healthcare professionals bring to patient care (Reeves, Pelone, Harrison, Goldman, &
Zwarenstein, 2017). Our health care system is fraught with errors. Both the human and financial
costs are enormous. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reported that, at
any given time, about one in every 20 patients has an infection related to their hospital care.
Research has also shown that on average, one in seven Medicare beneficiaries is harmed in the