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Collaborative partnerships: bridging the knowledge practice gap in client-centred care in mental health

Elizabeth McCay (Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)
Kristin Cleverley (Department of Professional Practice, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and University of Toronto Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Toronto, Canada)
Audrey Danaher (Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)
Naomi Mudachi (Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 9 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe a partnership, the Ryerson-Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Collaborative for Client-Centred and Family Sensitive Care Collaborative, between an urban university and tertiary care mental health facility to build capacity in using research evidence to support client-centred care. A cornerstone of the partnership was a study exploring the connection between effective interprofessional collaboration and the capacity to provide exemplary client-centred care in mental health.

Design/methodology/approach

The Collaborative brings together organizations with shared values and a commitment to client-centred interprofessional care. It is a strategic approach in amplifying opportunities for the uptake of research evidence and knowledge transfer. One of the principal deliverables for the Collaborative was a multi-phased study exploring the relationship between team collaboration and client-centred care.

Findings

Research findings identified a significant association between the level of team effectiveness and collaboration and the staffs’ perceived capacity to deliver client-centred care. Client and family member perspectives highlighted the importance of interprofessional team functioning and collaboration. The work of the Collaborative helped narrow the knowledge practice gap through: a research practicum to mentor graduate students; knowledge exchange and dissemination; and working with advanced practice staff to support change within the organization.

Originality/value

Inter-organizational relationships, such as the Collaborative, support initiatives that accelerate the use of clinically relevant research and bridge the knowledge practice gap. A university/tertiary care teaching facility partnership represents a promising model for advancing and disseminating evidenced-based knowledge.

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Citation

McCay, E., Cleverley, K., Danaher, A. and Mudachi, N. (2015), "Collaborative partnerships: bridging the knowledge practice gap in client-centred care in mental health", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 51-60. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-07-2014-0018

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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