Thursday, March 31, 2011

WISDOM at GW receives honorable mention as a "collaborative practice"

Whitney Pinger and her GW colleagues have been recognized for the new collaborative practice model they've launched at GW in the past year. Their paper, “Successful Models of Collaborative Practices in Maternity Care: Midwifery at The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates,” has been selected for an honorable mention by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and American College of Nurse-Midwives.

The two organizations are promoting collaborative practice between obstetrician-gynecologists and certified nurse-midwives and/or certified midwives. The organizations believe "Health care is most effective when it occurs in a system that facilitates communication across care settings and among providers... Ob-gyns and CNMs/CMs are experts in their respective fields of practice and are educated, trained, and licensed, independent providers who may collaborate with each other based on the needs of their patients. Quality of care is enhanced by collegial relationships characterized by mutual respect and trust, as well as professional responsibility and accountability.”