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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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Department of Family Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, Unversity of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif, USA.


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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