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Professionals’ views on interprofessional stroke team functioning

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Jane Murray Cramm ,

institute of Health Policy and Management Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL
About Jane

Jane Murray Cramm Ph.D.
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Institute of Health Policy & Management
P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam, NL
Phone + 31 06 36109268
Fax   + 31 10 408 9094
Building/room J6-045

http://oldwww.bmg.eur.nl/personal/cramm/

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Anna Petra Nieboer

Institute of Health Policy and Management Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL
About Anna
Anna Nieboer Ph.D.
Associate Professor Medical Sociology (UHD)
Erasmus University / Erasmus University Medical Centre
Department of Health Policy and Management
P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam, NL
Phone + 31 10 4082804
http://oldwww.bmg.eur.nl/personal/nieboer/

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Abstract

Introduction: The quality of integrated stroke care depends on smooth team functioning but professionals may not always work well together. Professionals' perspectives on the factors that influence stroke team functioning remain largely unexamined. Understanding their experiences is critical to indentifying measures to improve team functioning. The aim of this study was to identify the factors that contributed to the success of interprofessional stroke teams as perceived by team members. 

Methods: We distributed questionnaires to professionals within 34 integrated stroke care teams at various health care facilities in 9 Dutch regions. 558 respondents (response rate: 39%) completed the questionnaire. To account for the hierarchical structure of the study design we fitted a hierarchical random-effects model. The hierarchical structure comprised 558 stroke team members (level 1) nested in 34 teams (level 2). 

Results: Analyses showed that personal development, social well-being, interprofessional education, communication, and role understanding significantly contributed to stroke team functioning. Team-level constructs affecting interprofessional stroke team functioning were communication and role understanding. No significant relationships were found with individual-level personal autonomy and team-level cohesion. 

Discussion and conclusion: Our findings suggest that interventions to improve team members' social well-being, communication, and role understanding will improve teams' performance. To further advance interprofessional team functioning, healthcare organizations should pay attention to developing professionals' interpersonal skills and interprofessional education.      

 

How to Cite: Cramm JM, Nieboer AP. Professionals’ views on interprofessional stroke team functioning. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2011;11(3):None. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.657
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Published on 25 Jul 2011.
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