CPAT Research Tool

Collaborative Practice is receiving increased attention as a model of health care delivery that positively influences the effectiveness and efficiency of patient care while improving the work environment of health care providers. Collaborative Practice has been described as a "process for communication and decision making that enables the separate and shared knowledge and skills of care providers to synergistically influence the client/patient care provided." (Way, Jones & Busing, 2000)

The Collaborative Practice Assessment Tool (CPAT) was designed to assess preceptions of constructs of collaborative practice identified in the literature. The CPAT survey includes 56 items across eight domains including: Mission, Meaningful Purpose, Goals; General Relationships; Team Leadership; General Role Responsibilities, Autonomy; Communication and Information Exchange; Community Linkages and Coordination of Care; Decision-making and Conflict Management;  and Patient Involvement, in addition to open-ended questions.

The tool is intended for use in a variety of settings involving a diversity of health care providers with the aim of helping teams to identify professional development needs and corresponding educational interventions. The tool os designed to be completed by individual members, however, individual results are to be aggregated to create an understanding of overall team functioning as well as to protect anonimity. The results of two pilot tests have demonstrated that the CPAT is a valid and reliable tool for assessing levels of collaborative practice within teams. The results of pilot testing are available in the Journal of Interprofessional Care (2010, 25: 189-195).

The CPAT is not valid unless used in its original form and for the purpose of exploring seld-perceptions of a team or unit providing health care services. A demographics page, developed for research purposes, is available for optional use. For many teams interested in quality improvement and enhancing collaborative practice, collection of demographic data may not be necessary and omitting this page may increase the comfort level and honesty of respondents as well as the response rate of the form by ensuring anonymity.

This tool was developed through the Queen's University Inter-Professional Patient-Centred Education Direction (QUIPPED) research project, funded by Health Canada and piloted by the Office of Interprofessional Education & Practice (OIPEP) with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As of June 2016, the CPAT is available from Queen’s University as open access documents:


CPAT Introduction
CPAT Scoring Guide
CPAT Optional Demographics Page
Please note that the CPAT has been translated into French, Taiwanese, and Japanese. As of June 2016, a German version was in progress. The available documents are provided below:

French CPAT
French Introduction
Taiwanese CPAT
Japanese CPAT