Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 17(2) April 2014 : 57-61.doi:10.12927/hcq.2014.23877
Primary Care

Organizational Factors Influencing Inter-professional Team Functioning in Primary Care Networks

Shelanne Hepp, Renee Misfeldt, Jana Lait, Gail D. Armitage and Esther Suter


This study examined organizational factors influencing the functioning of inter-professional teams in select primary care networks (PCNs) in Alberta. Seven PCNs participated, each identifying two teams to be interviewed. The study used an exploratory qualitative approach to collect information from 118 physicians, managers and other clinical and non-clinical staff. Organizational factors affecting these teams included leadership and workplace culture, physical infrastructure, information technology infrastructure, organizational supports and employment models. The authors offer organizational strategies that enhance inter-professional team functioning based on interviewee recommendations and the existing literature. Further research is needed to link the strategies to measureable outcomes.



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