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Top Health Inf Manage. 2003 Jan-Mar;24(1):21-8.

Self-managing teams: a strategy for quality improvement.

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, Unversity of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif, USA. feifer@usc.edu


Organizations are impacted by their environments, and health care settings are no different. Individuals charged with improving a practice are often impeded by environmental barriers, including incomplete information for decision making. One strategy to empower an organization for change is to form a self-managing team. This paper discusses the self-managing team concept and uses a case study to illustrate its application in primary care. Factors contributing to team success are presented as a guide, and a reminder--there is more to an effective team than gathering people in a room.

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