An Exploratory Study of Multidisciplinary Health Care Teams and Their Climate for Student Learning of Team Process and Participation
Date of Award
Dissertation - Restricted
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Health professionals today increasingly are working as part of cooperating groups of professionals in a team effort to provide comprehensive care to patients. Working in such multidisciplinary teams is a complex and demanding task. Little, however, has been done to explore the nature and problems that such teams present in the preparation of students for participation in such teams. Students receive preparation for practicing their particular disciplines but seldom are prepared for team practice. Inability to adapt to or work as part of a team can be a major obstacle to successful professional practice. This study proposes to examine the climate of teams and its implications for student learning of team process and participation.