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Teamwork and Collaboration in Healthcare: Elements of Inter-Professional Teamwork

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Teamwork is known as a significant factor that is important in other aspects of health care delivery. Inter-professional Teamwork (IT) is necessary for all healthcare industries to support integrated delivery of healthcare service to focus on the health and social care needs of the citizens. However, limited research has been conducted to evaluate the strong elements of inter-professional teamwork that are promoting to positive inter-professional collaboration practice. The purpose of this paper is to propose a framework that related to the issue. The framework suggests two elements of inter-professional teamwork and its items that change inter-professional collaboration practice among healthcare professionals. The framework focused on the elements of trust and respect to synthesize the best elements that affect IPC practice. A comprehensive search was conducted of peer reviewed articles publish in English from 2000 to 2014 using several relevant databases including Medline, Research Gate, Emerald, Pubmed, and Science Direct. There were 112 studies regarding of inter-professional collaboration (IPC) practice and inter-professional teamwork (IT) were identified and only those 29 studies that related specifically to IPC and 23 studies of IT were applicable for this review. This paper is highlights on the important elements of inter-professional teamwork in organization to influence the positive results of the effective inter-professional collaboration practice among healthcare industry.
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Keywords: Healthcare Professionals; Inter-Professional Collaboration; Respect; Teamwork; Trust

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Business and Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Selangor, 42300 Bandar Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Publication date: November 1, 2017

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