Interprofessional Collaboration Between Nurses and Physicians in the Perioperative Period

Mette Baumgarten*, Anne Brødsgaard, Vibeke Nørholm, Nicolai Bang Foss, Gitte Bunkenborg

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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PURPOSE: To explore nurses' and physicians' experiences of the six dimensions of interprofessional (IP) collaboration when using Goal-Directed Therapy (GDT), and to examine how existing protocols on GDT facilitate the six dimensions of IP collaboration.

DESIGN: A qualitative design using individual semi-structured interviews and participant observations.

METHODS: A secondary analysis of data from participant observation and semi-structured interviews with nurses (n= 23) and physicians (n=12) in three departments of anesthesiology. Observations and interviews were carried out from December 2016 to June 2017. A deductive, qualitative content analysis using the Inter-Professional Activity Classification as a categorization matrix was used to explore interprofessional collaboration as a barrier to implementation. This analysis was supplemented by a text analysis of two protocols.

FINDINGS: Four dimensions were identified to influence IP collaboration: commitment, roles and responsibilities, interdependence, and integration of work practices. Negative factors included hierarchical boundaries, traditional nurse-physician relationship, unclear responsibility, and lack of shared knowledge. Positive factors included physician involvement of nurses in decisions and bedside education. The text-analysis showed a lack of clear directions of specific action and responsibility.

CONCLUSIONS: Commitment and roles and responsibilities were dominant aspects of interprofessional collaboration in this context, causing problems for enhanced collaboration. Lack of clear guidance in the protocols might detract nurses' feelings of responsibility.

TidsskriftJournal of Perianesthesia Nursing
StatusUdgivet, E-publikation før trykning - 20 maj 2023

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