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Teamwork - General practitioners and practice nurses working together in New Zealand

Finlayson, Mary P. and Raymont, Antony (2012). Teamwork - General practitioners and practice nurses working together in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care,4(2):150-155.

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Title Teamwork - General practitioners and practice nurses working together in New Zealand
Author Finlayson, Mary P.
Raymont, Antony
Journal Name Journal of Primary Health Care
Publication Date 2012
Volume Number 4
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1172-6156   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84862500668
Start Page 150
End Page 155
Total Pages 6
Place of Publication New Zealand
Publisher Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Introduction: Teamwork in primary health care has been encouraged in New Zealand and in the international literature. It may improve work satisfaction for staff, and satisfaction and outcomes for patients. Teamwork may be classified as being multi-, inter- or transdisciplinary and is likely to be influenced by the nature of the work and the organisational context.

Aim
: To describe and analyse teamwork between general practitioners and practice nursed in New Zealand.

Methods
: Data were drawn from a survey of general practices and from interviews with primary health care staff and management.

Results
: Doctors and nurses in general practice in New Zealand see themselves as a team . Evidence suggests that the nature of the work and the business context most often leads to a multidisciplinary style of teamwork. Some providers have adopted a more intense teamwork approach, often when serving more disadvantaged populations of in caring for those with chronic illnesses.

Discussion
: Concepts of teamwork differ. This article provides a classification of teams and suggests that most general practice teams are multidisciplinary. It is hoped that this will help personnel to communicate their expectations of a team and encourage progressive team development where it would be of value.
Keywords Teamwork
primary care
practice nurses
general practitioners
Additional Notes Copyright by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
Description for Link Link to published version
URL https://www.rnzcgp.org.nz/jphc-june-2012/


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