Monthly Archives: April 2011

Interprofessional teamwork research – part 2

Research is central to developing knowledge on the effects and effectiveness of interprofessional teamwork. Research though demands a critical stance – one that has as a starting point the possibility that different teamwork approaches are needed, depending on local needs; and accepts that teamwork interventions may have a range of outcomes (e.g. success, no effect,… Read More »

Interprofessional teamwork research – part 1

While there is a growing research literature on interprofessional teamwork, much of it consists of unproblematised accounts of health and social care teams.  For example, many studies rely on locally developed surveys or on data drawn from interviews with team members. These insights have provided a normative view of teamworking.  Furthermore, most evaluations rest upon… Read More »

The use of magical thinking – an example

In the past few years I’ve noticed a growing use of consultants employed by health and social care institutions to ‘intervene’ in order to provide ‘solutions’ to poor interprofessional team relations.  An increasingly popular approach used by consultants attempting to offer solutions to teamwork problems is appreciative inquiry which encourages individuals to adopt a positive… Read More »

Classifying interprofessional interventions

Despite a growing amount of research on interprofessional interventions to promote collaboration and teamwork, systematic reviews in the interprofessional field have indicated that there was a continuing problem with the conceptualisation of different types of interprofessional educational and practice interventions.  Clarity has been traditionally inhibited by the lack of a robust evidence base for the… Read More »