Will collaborative care make a difference in reducing
and eliminating healthcare disparities?
Like my colleagues, I truly believe in the need for transparent,
vertical, and horizontal collaboration. Addressing social determinants of
health, however, continues to be a challenge for all of us and I hope my
contribution as a researcher and academician makes a difference in that
direction. To address this challenge we need to move forward together.
Joining other organizations that also focus on participation,
systemic thinking, and a focus on patients beyond archaic guild divisions, is
also a central dimension in our connecting role as clinicians, researchers, and
policy makers. One powerful tool is the effective use of Web 2.0 to deepen the
participation of patients, their families, and the communities as a whole, therefore,