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Pediatrics and Neonatal Nursing Open Journal






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10.17140/ PNNOJ-2-111


The recent re-affirmation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by the U.S. Supreme Court reassures many of us that we are moving in the direction of better access to health care in the U.S. Whether there is adequate access to the highest quality and safest health care is a different question. What else is needed to grow and solidify quality and safety in health care? The U.S. Institute of Medicine,1,2 emphasized the need for more, and more effective, interprofessional collaboration to achieve improved healthcare quality and safety standards. According to the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) expert panel, representing nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and public health education, the IOM reports highlighted the fact that “…how care is delivered is as important as what care is delivered.”3, p. 4 An effective interprofessional collaborative approach involves a deliberate, plannedsystem for patient care based on trust, collaboration, communication, role clarity, and shared commitment among clinicians from various relevant health disciplines, related closely to the needs of the patient.3 Health care curricula must also be planned carefully to ensure that students are equipped to practice within an interprofessional collaborative framework in many types of settings. One assumes that the readers of an interprofessional journal such as PNNOJ appreciate the value of collaborative interprofessional teamwork, as well as the contributions of a variety of health care disciplines to the development of interdisciplinary knowledge for improved practice, and acknowledge the importance of collaboration to promote the best outcomes in the care of neonates, infants, and children.

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