Step 4: Train the facilitator

The role of the interprofessional collaboration facilitator is a new concept to many. The facilitator is much like that of the coach of a sports team. His or her job is to provide feedback and guidance as needed to optimize the performance of the interprofessional team. The facilitator guides the team, but is not the team leader and may not even be a member of the team or a clinician.


A little skeptical? Greg Dziadosz, PhD–our independent facilitator expert–helped the Durham Clinic at Cherry Health in Grand Rapids reduced the number of psychiatric admissions by 41% and the number of inpatient days by 47% through this type of facilitator training. Even as more definitive research emerges, there are proven benefits of interprofessional collaborative practice that point to the importance of training the facilitator.


Topics covered during this step include key characteristics of a facilitator, team meeting preparation, practices to keep meetings focused on patients, and team performance key points.


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