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Benefits and losses: a qualitative study exploring healthcare staff perceptions of teamworking
  1. S K Baxter,
  2. S M Brumfitt
  1. Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  1. S Baxter, Railway Station, Hazlehead, Crow Edge, Sheffield S36 4HJ, UK; s.k.baxter{at}sheffield.ac.uk

Abstract

Objectives: To examine staff perceptions of teamworking practice in the field of stroke care.

Design: Qualitative interview study.

Setting: Three teams providing care to patients with stroke across a typical care pathway of acute hospital ward, specialist stroke unit, and community rehabilitation.

Participants: 37 staff members from a range of professions.

Main outcome measures: Healthcare staff perceptions of teamworking.

Results: Through detailed coding and analysis of the transcripts, five perceptions regarding the impact of teamworking on staff and patients were identified. These were: (1) mutual staff support, (2) knowledge and skills sharing, (3) timely intervention/discharge, (4) reduced individual decision-making and responsibility and (5) impact on patient contact time.

Conclusions: Teamworking practice may be associated with a number of perceived benefits for staff and patient care; however, the potential for losses resulting from reduced patient contact time and ill-defined responsibility needs further investigation.

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Footnotes

  • Competing interests: None declared.

  • Ethics approval: Ethical approval was granted as a multi-site study by a local ethical review committee, and research governance procedures for each site were adhered to.

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