The factor – Shared Values, Beliefs, and Attitudes – involves two elements:

  • Openness and belief in collaboration,
  • Values, attitudes, and philosophies related to change.

An interpersonal factor which influences successful collaborations between public health and primary care is shared values, beliefs, and attitudes.

This factor represents shared values, beliefs, and attitudes among the individuals in the collaboration. A collaboration is supported when individuals share interests, philosophies, worldviews, common goals, and belief in the collaboration. A collaboration is also enabled when members value each other’s roles, are open to change, and welcome diversity.

Openness and a belief in collaboration refers to the understanding that public health and primary care do not have to work alone to achieve health goals and that by working together better outcomes will be achieved.

Values, beliefs, and attitudes related to change refers to positive philosophies towards collaboration. Philosophical differences between partners and a resistance to change can act as barriers to collaboration.