What is an interprofessional health care team anyway?



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Coyle, J., Higgs, J., McAllister, L. & Whiteford, G. (2011). What is an interprofessional health care team anyway?. In S. Kitto, J. Chesters, J. Thistlethwaite & S. Reeves (Eds.), Sociology of Interprofessional Health Care Practice: Critical Reflections and Concrete Solutions (pp. 39-54). New York, United States: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.. https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=12120

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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 people 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.

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