Collaboration is important in healthcare, as evidenced by the growing number of "learning communities" and grassroots efforts that are bringing people and organizations together to work on the issue of eliminating disparities in health and healthcare.
In his July 2009 editorial, Dr. Robert C. Like, MD, MS, wrote about the importance of creating "communities of practice" and the increasing role of the Web and collaboration in facilitating the development of learning networks. Here, he continues this discussion by sharing some perspectives from the field of library science about the impact of the Internet on clinical practice and public health.
Projects like the documentary, UNNATURAL CAUSES … is Inequality Making Us Sick? can serve as an excellent starting-off point from which we can collectively begin to address disparities in health and healthcare one person, one family, one organization, and one community at a time.