What is an interprofessional health care team anyway?

Julia Coyle, Joy Higgs, Lindy McAllister, Gail Whiteford

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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 chose 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociology of Interprofessional Health Care Practice
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Reflection and Concrete Solutions
EditorsColin F Poole Colin F Poole, Janice Chesters , Jill Thistlethwaite , Scott Reeves
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781608768660
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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