Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 13(3) May 2010 : 33-38.doi:10.12927/hcq.2010.21813
Primary Care

Team Effectiveness in Primary Care Networks in Alberta

Peter Drew, Brad Jones and Douglas Norton


Primary care networks (PCNs) are interdisciplinary programs in a geographical area that are designed to improve patient care, team collaboration and appropriate resource allocation. They are one of government's approaches to delivering quality healthcare with finite resources. The primary objective of this study was to explore the level of perceived team effectiveness in PCNs within three former health regions in Alberta. A descriptive, cross-sectional, exploratory, semi-structured questionnaire study design was employed. Respondents identified five themes for strategies to improve team effectiveness. Although many factors and strategies were identified, more work is needed to explore the study's findings.



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