Collaborative practice teams consist of interdisciplinary providers who are charged with the process of implementing and refining an outcomes management program within a targeted population. Collaborative practice teams work under the assumption that clinical quality enhancement through practice standardization decreases care fragmentation, resulting in improved physiologic, psychosocial, and financial outcomes. Collaborative practice team members identify best practice through the implementation and testing of interdisciplinary interventions. Represented an a critical pathway, these practices are evaluated toward achievement of defined population outcomes. In this article, the authors review the process of collaborative practice team formation, expected pitfalls and barriers to effective collaboration, and the work accomplished by a collaborative practice team

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