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J Interprof Care. 2004 May;18(2):183-96.

Developing and measuring progress toward collaborative, integrated, interdisciplinary health care teams.

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  • 1University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, USA.


In this article we report the results of a longitudinal study of an intervention to enhance interdisciplinary team functioning in a primary care setting. Components of the team development intervention are outlined. Team members' assessments of progress towards expressing values consistent with an effective team--as measured through the System for the Multiple Level Observation of Groups (SYMLOG)--are presented and discussed. Institutional, organizational, and team related supports and barriers that affect the development of collaborative, integrated teams are identified and discussed; implications for ensuring teams' success are presented.

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