Analysis of Multidisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Healthcare: The Chilean Case

  • Cecilia Saint-PierreEmail author
  • Valeria Herskovic
  • Marcos Sepúlveda
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10391)


Around 10% of the population suffers from diabetes, and this percentage is expected to rise. Healthcare guidelines propose a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach for treatment. However, there is little data to understand whether healthcare professionals are actually collaborating and how this collaboration takes place. We analyzed 4 years of data from 3 healthcare centers in Chile, corresponding to 2,838 patients. Patients were classified according to the composition of the healthcare team into four categories: highly multidisciplinary teams, specialized teams, physician-nurse centered teams, and non-collaborative treatment. Our results show that team prevalence is related to patient and healthcare center characteristics.


Collaboration Multidisciplinary Primary care Diabetes 



This paper was partially funded by CONICYT-PCHA/Doctorado Nacional/2016-21161705 and CONICYT-FONDECYT/1150365 (Chile). We would like to thank Áncora UC Primary healthcare centers for their help with this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cecilia Saint-Pierre
    • 1
    Email author
  • Valeria Herskovic
    • 1
  • Marcos Sepúlveda
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer SciencePontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile

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