An exploratory study of healthcare professionals’ perceptions of interprofessional communication and collaboration.

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An exploratory study of healthcare professionals' perceptions of interprofessional communication and collaboration.

J Interprof Care. 2017 Mar 07;:1-4

Authors: Verhaegh KJ, Seller-Boersma A, Simons R, Steenbruggen J, Geerlings SE, de Rooij SE, Buurman BM

Interprofessional communication and collaboration during hospitalisation is critically important to provide safe and effective care. Clinical rounds are an essential interprofessional process in which the clinical problems of patients are discussed on a daily basis. The objective of this exploratory study was to identify healthcare professionals' perspectives on the "ideal" interprofessional round for patients in a university teaching hospital. Three focus groups with medical residents, registered nurses, medical specialists, and quality improvement officers were held. We used a descriptive method of content analysis. The findings indicate that it is important for professionals to consider how team members and patients are involved in the decision-making process during the clinical round and how current social and spatial structures can affect communication and collaboration between the healthcare team and the patient. Specific aspects of communication and collaboration are identified for improving effective interprofessional communication and collaboration during rounds.

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