Interprofessional Teaming In Health Care

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There are many reasons to prioritize the infusion of ways to train team members to work collaboratively with colleagues. Collaboration between and among team members has many benefits for both team members and the patient or client being served. The formation and sustainment of a collaborative work team in not a new concept, however, over the past decade there has been an explosion of professional literature, particularly in the area of health care, with the publication of many articles and books on the topic of collaborative work teams. Health care professionals capable of working with other disciplines on integrated work teams, including nursing, occupational and physical therapy, physicians and physician assistants, social workers, therapeutic…show more content…
The research regarding interprofessional teaming in health care is consistent with the articulation of the specific and overlapping skills necessary to work effectively with other disciplines. Although working with other disciplines and professions happens in many ways (e.g., multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary teams), interprofessional teamwork is unique. Curriculum for interprofessional work groups is based in theories from the social sciences regarding social identity theory and the notion of self-concept within group dynamics (Pecukonis, et al., 2008). Group membership is capable of shifting and interprofessional education suggests that when professional curriculum includes teaching skills to challenge stereotypes and widen cultural competence, work teams designed to include multiple professions are capable of flourishing. What does working in an interprofessional manner look like and what are the skills necessary to be interprofessional? Hall (2005) suggests an interprofessional team must foster „equal status” between team members. Teams must work together towards goals that are mutually designed…show more content…
The capabilities the universities now recognize as necessary for collaborative practice include: „ethical practice (e.g., respect for other cultures, values and beliefs, patient and user participation, attention to legal and ethical boundaries), knowledge in practice (e.g., integrated of legal frameworks, team structures and processes), interprofessional working (e.g., integrated assessment plan, collaboration and communication, sharing of professional knowledge and mentoring), and reflection (e.g. feedback, problem solving, lifelong learning, reciprocal supervision.” (Suter, et al., p. 42). What are the challenges of working as part of an interprofessional work team? One of the challenges of interprofessional teaming is the insulation of students in their own unique professional culture. In professional cultures, the intricacies of the culture are taught within the academic systems, but also taught through the orientation process of

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