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Interprofessional teamwork in Swedish pediatric cardiology: a national exploratory study
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
2013 (English)In: Journal of Interprofessional Care, ISSN 1356-1820, E-ISSN 1469-9567, Vol. 27, no 4, 320-325 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper aims to describe the nature of pediatric cardiology teams (PCTs) based in Sweden through the use of a mixed methods approach. Questionnaires examining issues about the organization/ways of working, functions/tasks and attitudes were answered by 30 PCTs. Focus group interviews were conducted with six PCTs, selected purposefully by size and location, and information on experiences and attitudes on interprofessional teamwork was explored in depth. Results from the quantitative indicated that in 17 of the teams, where the nurse acted as the central coordinator, there was a positive attitude to the value of teamwork. In the interviews, different problems and needs of improvements were mentioned regarding structure, leadership, presence of physicians in the team as well as the team's mandate. All of the participants, however, agreed that interprofessional teams were required to manage the complexity of the children's care. In conclusion, this study suggests that PCTs need further support to develop structure, leadership and coordination of resources to function in a more effective manner. National plans or recommendations that mandate the organization and working methods of PCTs would be helpful for the ongoing development of PCTs in Sweden.

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2013. Vol. 27, no 4, 320-325 p.
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Health and social care, interprofessional care, qualitative method, quantitative method, team work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-79906DOI: 10.3109/13561820.2013.767224ISI: 000322288400007OAI: diva2:645644
Available from: 2013-09-05 Created: 2013-09-04 Last updated: 2013-09-05Bibliographically approved

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