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ERIC Number: EJ879908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1363-9080
Promoting Inter-Professional Teamwork and Learning--The Case of a Surgical Operating Theatre
Collin, Kaija; Paloniemi, Susanna; Mecklin, Jukka-Pekka
Journal of Education and Work, v23 n1 p43-63 Feb 2010
Hospitals, and surgical operating theatres (OTs) in particular, are environments in which inter-professional teamwork and learning are essential to secure patient safety and effective practice. However, it has been revealed in many studies that inter-professional collaborative work in hospital organisations faces many challenges and constraints. In this study we examine surgical operations as participatory practices from the perspective of inter-professional learning and cooperation. We ask what kinds of shared practices enable learning and collaboration within the surgical operating team. We used an ethnographic approach to data collection including observations and interviews of surgical residents and nursing staff. Observations were conducted in the OTs of one non-academic hospital in Finland in 2007. The transcripts and episodes were analysed qualitatively. We suggest that inter-professional teamwork can be implemented by collegial support, transgressing professional roles and sustaining an inclusive atmosphere. There is a need to strengthen and develop the practices of inter-professional education, not only in formal educational but, especially, in practical clinical settings. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland