March 9, 2014
Reference Type: Journal Article
Record Number: 748Author: Birkeland, A. L., Hagglof, B., Dahlgren, L. and Rydberg, A.
Title: Interprofessional teamwork in Swedish pediatric cardiology: a national exploratory study
Journal: J Interprof Care
Short Title: Interprofessional teamwork in Swedish pediatric cardiology: a national exploratory study
Alternate Journal: Journal of interprofessional care
ISSN: 1469-9567 (Electronic)
Accession Number: 23421344
Abstract: This paper aims to describe the nature of pediatric cardiology teams (PCTs) based in Sweden through the use of a mixed methods approach. Questionnaires examining issues about the organization/ways of working, functions/tasks and attitudes were answered by 30 PCTs. Focus group interviews were conducted with six PCTs, selected purposefully by size and location, and information on experiences and attitudes on interprofessional teamwork was explored in depth. Results from the quantitative indicated that in 17 of the teams, where the nurse acted as the central coordinator, there was a positive attitude to the value of teamwork. In the interviews, different problems and needs of improvements were mentioned regarding structure, leadership, presence of physicians in the team as well as the team’s mandate. All of the participants, however, agreed that interprofessional teams were required to manage the complexity of the children’s care. In conclusion, this study suggests that PCTs need further support to develop structure, leadership and coordination of resources to function in a more effective manner. National plans or recommendations that mandate the organization and working methods of PCTs would be helpful for the ongoing development of PCTs in Sweden.