Integrated Models of Care and Optimizing Scopes of Practice


This theme will synthesize knowledge and provide support to scale up innovations in cross sector interprofessional models of care across settings and provinces that organize health care practice to meet patient needs and expectations; better understanding the barriers, facilitators and enablers for more effective utilization of existing and enabling where appropriate advanced scopes of practice linking these to educational requirements and training models; and better assessing the impact of such models on HWF forecasting (partnering with the modelling hub).

Theme Leads:


Gayle Halas is an Assistant Professor and Rady Chair in Interprofessional Collaborative Practice at the University of Manitoba, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. Her research focuses on team-based primary health care, and the communication and interactions that enable collaborative practice, particularly for addressing complex needs and care. Her current research explores patient/public/caregiver experiences of team-based care, and transitions in care that are informed by stakeholder experiences and perspectives. 


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Ivy Lynn Bourgeault is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Ottawa and a Research Chair in Gender Diversity and the Professions. Ivy led on behalf of CHWN the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences assessment on optimizing health professional scopes of practice. This was based on earlier work on integrated care models in primary care, maternity care and mental health care. Recent projects focus on the need for standardized data sets across professions and jurisdictions to support integrated health workforce planning.




Health Workforce Research in Progress:

Health Professional Socialization from Education to Practice: A Longitudinal Study

Evaluation of an Alternative Model of Care for Stable Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients: Collaborative Nurse-Led Shared Care Model