With the rising complexity of medical treatments, collaboration between different professional groups is increasingly becoming a factor for success in the provision of healthcare. In recent years, interprofessional collaboration (IPC) has become an increasingly important requirement. The SAMS supported these efforts between 2014 and 2021 in various ways.
Studies show that by encouraging IPC, the quality of medical care can be increased and resources better managed. However, the implementation of IPC also faces major challenges, in light of the different roles medical professionals play and relating to issues of the division of competences or attribution of responsibility.
The «Collaboration of Specialists in the Healthcare System» Charter was published by the SAMS in 2014. It is intended to serve as a reference for interprofessional collaboration and is destined to help guide specialists, professional associations and institutions that provide healthcare.
Between 2016 and 2018, the SAMS focused each year on one aspect of IPC by organizing symposia that offer a platform for exchange and networking. At this annual event, «best practice» examples were awarded the «SAMS Prize on Interprofessionality» (except for the Prize 2021).