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Therapists' experiences and perceptions of teamwork in neurological rehabilitation: reasoning behind the team approach, structure and composition of the team and teamworking processes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16808088     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Teamwork and the interdisciplinary team approach have been strongly advocated for use in the provision of neurological rehabilitation services. However, whether teamwork has been adopted, and in what form, has yet to be established. The present study investigated therapists' experiences and perceptions of the reasoning behind the team approach in neurological rehabilitation, the structure and composition of the team within which they worked and the team working process. METHOD: This article reports part of an exploratory qualitative study. Five occupational therapists and five physiotherapists from three teams: a rehabilitation centre; a community team; and a stroke unit based within the UK. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with each participant and then transcribed. Content and thematic analysis of the qualitative interview data was carried out, with respondents validating both the transcription and analysis stages. RESULTS: Perceived composition and structure of the neurological rehabilitation team was variable across teams and between individual team members. There was disparity as to whether patients were included within the neurological team; the interdisciplinary team approach had not been consistently adopted and there were sub-teams and other team memberships in existence. Reasoning behind the team approach supported the perceived benefits of teamwork from a number of perspectives, and the activities reported as part of the team process were diverse. CONCLUSIONS: Different teams may choose to use different strategies depending on the aims and context of the team effort. In some instances interdisciplinary teamwork and patient-centred approaches were not adopted consistently and the process of teamwork itself is both complex and diverse.
Kitty Maria Suddick; Lorraine De Souza
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physiotherapy research international : the journal for researchers and clinicians in physical therapy     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1358-2267     ISO Abbreviation:  Physiother Res Int     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-30     Completed Date:  2006-10-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9612022     Medline TA:  Physiother Res Int     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  72-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Health Professions, University of Brighton, Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Group Processes
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Personnel / psychology*
Interprofessional Relations
Nervous System Diseases / rehabilitation*,  therapy
Occupational Health Services / manpower,  organization & administration
Occupational Therapy / manpower
Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
Physical Therapy (Specialty) / manpower,  organization & administration
Rehabilitation / manpower*
Rehabilitation Centers / manpower,  organization & administration

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