Date of Award


Document Type

Critically Appraised Topic


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Anne Haskins

Second Advisor

Breann Lamborn

Third Advisor

Gail Bass/Devon Olson Lambert


The theoretical lens of the Ecological of Human Performance model (EHP) (Dunn et al., 1994) was used to understand why interprofessional collaborative practice is essential to occupational therapists and other health sciences across various settings. The EHP model is an occupational therapy theory model that emphasizes the importance of context on an individual’s occupational performance and their range to perform in (Dunn et al., 1994). EHP is used to describe the environmental effects on performance range, in this case, effective interprofessional practice used by occupational therapists and other healthcare stakeholders, to identify the factors that limit and support quality care. Quality care is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable (Boscart et al., 2019). These environmental factors include the lack of learning in professional programs, cohesiveness in various health science fields, and resources specifically for interprofessional collaborative practice rather than smaller models based off of it. We sought to discover these factors' influence on the care provided by healthcare professionals, occupational therapists specifically, to synthesize the importance of interprofessional collaborative practice in healthcare and what could change to better the care for all patients.