Physicians’ perceptions of physician-nurse collaboration in Japan: effects of collaborative experience.

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Physicians' perceptions of physician-nurse collaboration in Japan: effects of collaborative experience.

J Interprof Care. 2013 May;27(3):231-7

Authors: Onishi M, Komi K, Kanda K

Studies of physician-nurse relationships have focused mainly on nurses' perceptions. Few studies have explored physicians' perceptions and related factors. This study had two aims: to describe physicians' perceptions of physician-nurse collaboration in Japan by focusing on attitudes toward collaboration and collaborative practice and to examine the effect of physicians' experiences related to collaboration on their perceptions of collaboration. A cross-sectional survey was conducted. Of the 520 physicians from four hospitals, 248 completed the survey. The survey included the Jefferson Scale of attitudes toward physician-nurse collaboration, the collaborative practice scales, learning experiences related to collaboration with nurses and experiences of joint activities with nurses. Multiple regression analysis revealed that learning experiences in undergraduate and out-of-hospital education and experiences of joint committee work were significantly associated with higher collaborative practice scores. Although participants' attitude scores had a strong association with practice scores, there were no variables significantly associated with the attitude score. This study supported the importance of education in undergraduate courses and suggested that it should be ongoing after qualification. Joint activities other than daily practice, such as continuous quality improvement, might also be effective. Factors that improve physicians' attitudes toward collaboration should be further explored.

PMID: 23134378 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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