Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 16(2) April 2013 : 36-42.doi:10.12927/hcq.2013.23415
Inter-professional Care

Development and Evaluation of a "Working Together" Framework and a Tool Kit to Enhance Inter-organizational Relationships in Healthcare

Lynn Edwards, Rick Gibson, Shannon Ryan Carson and Tara Sampalli


Healthcare is in a constant state of change and evolution driven by a multitude of complex factors and interactions. Consequently, organizations, teams and individuals in healthcare have to habitually realign their working relationships. Furthermore, research has shown that "working together" relationships fail in the absence of a defined framework. In this research, a novel framework and a tool kit for working together have been developed and evaluated. The framework has a formal process to articulate the intended purpose/outcome, clearly align the type of working relationship with the purpose and identify the barriers and facilitators to working relationships in healthcare.



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