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Table 2 The SWOT analysis of the Canadian case

From: Regulating health professional scopes of practice: comparing institutional arrangements and approaches in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK

Strengths
Supports workforce innovation responsive to local needs
Umbrella frameworks offer flexibility through overlapping scopes of practice
Weaknesses
Patchwork of approaches and reforms across jurisdictions
Little addresses the structural embeddedness of medical dominance in health professional regulation
Opportunities
Enables the ‘testing’ of innovative models in one province/territory for potential implantation across other jurisdictions
Reforms emphasize interprofessional collaboration
Threats
Lack of a national mechanism for scale up
Regulation of expanded scopes tend to be restrictive and inefficient which can limit access to care
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