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Dr. Carole Orchard, Professor Emerita, Adjunct Research Professor, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada


Dr. Carole Orchard

Dr. Orchard is currently Professor Emerita and Adjunct Research Professor in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing and the former Coordinator of Interprofessional Health Education & Research at the University of Western Ontario. Her research focuses on interprofessional client-centred collaborative practice. Dr. Orchard and her colleagues have developed several measurement instruments: Interprofessional Socialization & Valuing Scale (ISVS) and the Assessment of Interprofessional Team Collaboration Scale-II (AITCS-II for practitioners), AITCS-II for students, Interprofessional Collaborative Leadership Scale (AICLS), and Patients with Diabetes Ownership of their Self-Care Scale (PD-SCOS). The AITCS-II (students) is specifically for assessing collaboration in IP students during group learning. Dr. Orchard co-chaired the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative‚Äôs IP Competency Working Group who developed the CIHC National IP Competency Framework and an international working group is now working on audit tools to measure the process of collaboration in teams. Dr. Orchard has also created an online program TEAMc (Toolkit for Enhancing and Maintaining Collaboration) to assist in the development of Interprofessional Collaborative Teams. This program is licensable for agency use through WorldDiscoveries at Western University. Dr. Orchard also co-chairs the CIHC Interprofessional Competency Working Group.  In 2015 she published a book with colleagues on Interprofessional Client-Centered Collaborative Practice: What does it look like?  How can it be achieved? Dr. Orchard has also published articles on the role of nurses within collaborative teams. Her research currently focuses on the role of patients both in their own self-care and in collaborative teams. Currently she and colleagues are developing a Training Program in Interprofessional Team Conflict Resolution.  Her work is frequently cited in the field of IPC. 

The above video will provide some insights into how Dr. Orchard chose to focus on scholarship and research in interprofessional client-centred collaborative practice.