Priority 13 from the Seniors' Health (Alberta, Canada) PSP

UNCERTAINTY: What is the most effective strategy for information sharing and collaboration between healthcare providers of different disciplines and/or at different facilities in order to ensure continuity of care? (JLA PSP Priority 13)
Overall ranking 13
JLA question ID 0083/13
Explanatory note

The health care of older people is best provided by teams of care providers, rather than a single person, called inter-professional teams.  People wanted evidence on the best ways for these teams to share information effectively so that the care they deliver is seamless for the older people for whom they care


 1. Guide to enhancing referrals and consultations between physicians. (2009, October). Retrieved from

Health Research Classification System category Generic health relevance
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples Personally, I have found my own specialist and family physician do not communicate with one another. There are no common communication links to share information or knowledge. ~ Get all physicians connected so they can access documentation/history about patients and be more accurate when diagnosing and treating. ~ poor communication /sharing of information between health professionals treating the same individual ~ Linkages between services (acute/home/ living environments ~ It seems like there are many silos of care provided, and that collaboration proves to be challenging.  
Submitted by  Health/Social care provider  16, Caregiver 16, Older Adult  8
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0083
PSP name Seniors' Health (Alberta, Canada)
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 97  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 13 August 2018