What is an interprofessional healthcare team anyway?

Julia Coyle, Joy Higgs, Lindy McAllister, Gail Whiteford

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    Abstract

    Developing a better understanding of health care teams (HCTs) and the behaviours that frame HCT practice is aided in this chapter by interrogation of theories relevant to groups, teams and human interaction. This understanding is also informed by research that provides insight into the realities of HCT practice. This chapter discusses teams in health from three aspects: perspectives on why penple would choose to work with others rather than in isolation; an examination of social groups and the individual; and findings from research that explored physiotherapists' perspectives and experiences of practising in HCTs. In combination these theories and research findings help illuminate the complexity and fluid nature of HCTs, and the impact that individuals have, in making each team unique.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSociology of interprofessional health care practice
    Subtitle of host publicationcritical reflections and concrete solutions
    EditorsSimon Kitto, Janice Chesters, Jill Thistlethwaite, Scott Reeves
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherNova Science Publishers
    Pages39-53
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)9781608768660
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Publication series

    NameHealth Care Issues, Costs and Access
    PublisherNova Science Publishers

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