Frequently Asked Questions > Failure to Work as a Team


QUESTION — FAILURE TO WORK AS A TEAM

There are several other health care practitioners involved in the care of a particular patient/client or patient/client population, but they don’t seem to be operating as a team.  What should I do?

RESPONSE

Healthcare practitioners not operating as a team may be reluctant to work as a team as a result of their misunderstanding about expectations for individual and team practice.  Patient/Client safety, efficiency, and quality care are always compelling arguments for improving team functioning. Being able to convey your profession’s scope, standards, and accountabilities as well as knowing about and considering those of others can be an effective way to promote team collaboration.

Listen to and respect the other person’s perspective, and offer information that addresses the patient’s/client's wishes, needs, and best interests as criteria for informing both their perspective, and yours.

The IPC eTool provides an objective, rational way to shift a poorly functioning team or a set of professionals to consider integrating their efforts to serve a patient/client. Refer to the various sections of this eTool, College materials, and other references to promote accurate understanding and enhance care for patients through teamwork.

Role clarification is identified as one of the six competency domains In A National Interprofessional Competency Framework, Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative, February 2010. 

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A National Interprofessional Competency Framework, Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative, February 2010. 

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