As the National Center shares information and expertise about health care teams and interprofessional practice and education, the question for many people remains “OK, but how do we actually do it?” Educators and practice leaders alike want to know more about the process of defining and measuring teamwork in interprofessional collaborative practice. They ask for tools to help them apply available resources to their particular circumstance and setting as well as clear, specific instructions and guidance about assessment and measurement in general.
Despite considerable literature on teamwork across many disciplines, there is a real need to better understand “teamness” in health care, and the best way to capture its effectiveness and outcomes through appropriate assessments.
According to Eduardo Salas, PhD, teamwork expert and consultant to the National Center as well as professor of psychology and Allyn R. & Gladys M. Cline Chair at Rice University, “This is a one-of-a-kind effort that the IPCP world needs. The booklets are guides for the solutions, not the solutions themselves. They will help inform the practitioner about what to do and how to assess their program.”
After a comprehensive peer-review process, the first five guides are available now as digital downloads.
To preview the practical guide series, visit our Assessment and Evaluation webinar series.
Volume 1: What is Teamwork in Interprofessional Collaborative Practice?
Introduces and explains teamwork concepts, based on the literature of effective teams across many disciplines, including health and social care.
Volume 2: Assessing Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Teamwork
Describes important measurement concepts for assessing IPCP teamwork competencies and performance across the continuum, from undergraduate training through continuing professional development.
Volume 3: Steps for Developing an Assessment Plan
Provides a step-by-step process for developing an assessment plan of IPCP teamwork competencies and performance; can be applied at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional development levels.
Volume 4: Assessing Teamwork: Stories from the Field
Provides case studies of assessing IPCP teamwork in academic and practice settings.
Volume 5: Incorporating IPCP Teamwork Assessment into Program Evaluation
Provides guidance for evaluating programs designed to strengthen teamwork capacity and performance.
Bundle: Complete Set of the Practical Guides (Volumes 1-5)
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Teresa Russell, PhD, principal staff scientist with Human Resources Research Organization, also consulted on the development of the guides, “The health care industry is moving to a team-based environment. They have made fledgling steps, and these guides will help them along the way. They are intended to walk people through how to figure it out, how to know and understand their teams better.”