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Keywords

healthcare teams, interdisciplinary teams, team development

 

Authors

  1. Kilgore, Rachel V. MS, RN
  2. Langford, Rae W. EdD, RN

Abstract

Interdisciplinary healthcare teams have become the new model for patient care delivery in today's complex healthcare environment of increased specialization and disciplinarity of healthcare providers. Research to support the efficacy of this model has been problematic because of poorly conceptualized interdisciplinary teams as well as methodological problems conducting the research. Findings from organizational studies and healthcare interdisciplinary research can be integrated into a theory-based model to design an educational workshop to develop team members. Development of team members is proposed as a means to enhance collaboration among team members and therefore reduce the risk of team failure.