Five ways to describe a multidisciplinary team

J. Ovretveit*

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'Multidisciplinary team' is a term used to describe a variety of different interprofessional working arrangements. A problem in designing and improving teams is that people use the same word to mean something different. This makes it difficult to discuss which type of team is best for a particular purpose and setting. The paper presents five ways to describe a multidisciplinary team: in terms of degree of integration; extent of collective responsibility; membership; client pathway and decision-making; and management structures. Using these concepts practitioners and managers can clarify their working arrangements and make improvements. These concepts service planning and research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-171
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Interprofessional working
  • Multidisciplinary team
  • Team management

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