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Benefits and losses: a qualitative study exploring healthcare staff perceptions of teamworking

Baxter, S. and Brumfitt, S.M. (2008) Benefits and losses: a qualitative study exploring healthcare staff perceptions of teamworking. Quality and Safety in Health Care, 17 (2). pp. 127-130. ISSN 0963-8172

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Abstract

ABSTRACT Objectives: To examine staff perceptions of teamworking practice in the field of stroke care. Design: Qualitative interview study. Setting: Three teams providing care to patients with stroke across a typical care pathway of acute hospital ward, specialist stroke unit, and community rehabilitation. Participants: 37 staff members from a range of professions. Main outcome measures: Healthcare staff perceptions of teamworking. Results: Through detailed coding and analysis of the transcripts, five perceptions regarding the impact of teamworking on staff and patients were identified. These were: (1) mutual staff support, (2) knowledge and skills sharing, (3) timely intervention/discharge, (4) reduced individual decision-making and responsibility and (5) impact on patient contact time. Conclusions: Teamworking practice may be associated with a number of perceived benefits for staff and patient care; however, the potential for losses resulting from reduced patient contact time and ill-defined responsibility needs further investigation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Teamworking, interprofessional working
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield) > Section of Public Health (Sheffield)
The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > Department of Human Communication Sciences (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email s.k.baxter@sheffield.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 16:57
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:00
Published Version: http://qshc.bmj.com/content/17/2/127.full.pdf
Status: Published
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1136/qshc.2007.022277
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10558

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