A productive collaboration produces a raft of new knowledge

From 2011 to 2012, the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement collaborated with the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) to produce and promote five papers. The first three, entitled Better Health, Better Care, and Better Value comprise a series of focused papers that, together, informed the CNA’s National Expert Commission’s June 2012 nursing call to action. A Nursing Call to Action recommends a fundamental shift in the way health care is funded, managed and delivered in Canada.

Ensuring health professionals’ skills are optimally employed across the continuum of care is a key element of a patient- and family-centered healthcare system, and is therefore a strong focus for the CNA. The CNA believes that interprofessional teams that include registered nurses and/or nurse practitioners add value to healthcare systems. Building on evidence from the “Better” series, CFHI worked with the CNA to produce two further papers that synthesize the evidence around the effectiveness of these interprofessional teams.

The Reports:

  • Better Health (Carles Muntaner, Edwin Ng and Haejoo Chung, June 2012) examines the determinants of health and health outcomes, and the role of nurses, in achieving the healthiest populations.
  • Better Care (Gina Browne, Stephen Birch and Lehana Thabane, June 2012) analyzes nursing and healthcare system outcomes.
  • Better Value (Stuart Soroka and Adam Mahon, June 2012) looks at the impact of current funding models and the value of health and healthcare.
  • Interprofessional Collaborative Teams (Tazim Virani, June 2012) provides a scoping review of the demonstrated effectiveness of interprofessional teams in Canada, as compared to traditional models of care. Exemplars are presented.
  • Evidence Synthesis for the Effectiveness of Interprofessional Teams in Primary Care (Paul M. Jacobson and HDR Inc., June 2012) synthesizes the evidence on the cost-benefit and effectiveness of interprofessional teams that include registered nurses and/or nurse practitioners.


Based on the papers, CFHI hosted a highly successful On Call, with record numbers calling in to participate. The session, delivered on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, was titled Optimizing the Roles of Nurses to Improve Efficiencies and was co-presented by Gina Browne and Scott Robertson.

About the CNA

The CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. A federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges representing 146,788 registered nurses, the CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly-funded, not-for-profit health systems.