Interprofessional collaboration in family health teams : an Ontario-based study

Goldman, Joanne, Meuser, Jamie, Rogers, Jess, Lawrie, Lynne and Reeves, Scott (2010) Interprofessional collaboration in family health teams : an Ontario-based study. Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien, 56(10), pp. 368-374. ISSN (print) 0008-350X


OBJECTIVE: To examine family health team (FHT) members' perspectives and experiences of interprofessional collaboration and perceived benefits. DESIGN: Qualitative case study using semistructured interviews. SETTING: Fourteen FHTs in urban and rural Ontario. PARTICIPANTS: Purposeful sample of the members of 14 FHTs, including family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, social workers, pharmacists, and managers. METHODS: A multiple case-study approach involving 14 FHTs was employed. Thirty-two semistructured interviews were conducted and data were analyzed by employing an inductive thematic approach. A member-checking technique was also undertaken to enhance the validity of the findings. MAIN FINDINGS: Five main themes are reported: rethinking traditional roles and scopes of practice, management and leadership, time and space, interprofessional initiatives, and early perceptions of collaborative care. CONCLUSION: This study shows the importance of issues such as roles and scopes of practice, leadership, and space to effective team-based primary care, and provides a framework for understanding different types of interprofessional interventions used to support interprofessional collaboration.

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