RCS: Relational Coordination Scale

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The Relational Coordination Scale (RCS) measures the quality of communication and relationships in bounded and unbounded teams. A mutually reinforcing process of communication (frequent, timely, accurate, and problem-solving) and relationships (shared goals, shared knowledge, and mutual respect) characterize the strength of coordination ties amongst interdependent team members.

The Relational Coordination Scale (RCS) is a short 7-item instrument that uses a 5-point likert-type scale. The RCS has been used in several industries including healthcare, education, airlines, pharmaceuticals, software firms, financial services, and the criminal justice system in over 15 countries. The RCS is a fully validated instrument whose unbounded property makes it applicable across multiple levels- cross-professional, cross-unit, cross-organization and also between providers and clients.

 

For the most recent reference to the instrument, please see:

Gittell, J.H., Beswick, J, Goldmann, D., Wallack, S. (2014). Teamwork Methods for Accountable Care: Relational Coordination and TeamSTEPPS. Health Management Review. doi: 10.1097/HMR.0000000000000021  Available online ahead of print. 

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Please visit the Relational Coordination Analytics website for information on measuring relational coordination and the RCS tool.

Please visit Relational Coordination Research Collaborative website for the most current research on relational coordination and additional resources.

 

Reference

Gittell, J.H., Fairfield, K., Bierbaum, B., Jackson, R., Kelly, M., Laskin, R., Lipson, S., Siliski, J., Thornhill, T., Zuckerman, J. (2000). Impact of Relational Coordination on Quality of Care, Post-Operative Pain and Functioning, and Length of Stay: A Nine Hospital Study of Surgical Patients. Medical Care, 38(8): 807-819.

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Tool Description

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Country United States
Setting Hospitals – elective surgery and post-operative care
Professions

Physicians, Nurses, Case Managers, Physical Therapists, Social Workers

Sample

338 care providers and 878 patients

Contact

Jody Hoffer Gittell, Brandeis University, Phone:781.736.3680; jgittell@brandeis.edu

 

Reference

Havens, D.S., Vasey, J., Gittell, J.H., Lin, W. (2010). Relational Coordination Among Nurses and Other Providers: Impact on the Quality of Care. Journal of Nursing Mgt, 18(8): 926-937.

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Tool Description

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Country United States
Setting Hospitals
Professions

Direct Care Registered Nurses

Sample

747 nurses

Contact

Donna Sullivan Havens, University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, Phone: (919) 843-1244 ; dhavens@email.unc.edu

 

Reference Cramm, J.M., Nieboer, A.P. (2014b).  A Longitudinal Study to Identify the Influence of Quality of Chronic Care Delivery on Productive Interactions Between Patients and (Teams of) Healthcare Professionals Within Disease Management Programs. BMJ Open, 4:e005914. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005914
Tool Description

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Country The Netherlands
Setting Chronic Care – Disease Management
Professions

General Practitioners and Specialists

Sample

5,076 patients

Contact

Dr. Jane Murray Cramm,  +31.(0)10-4088856; cramm@bmg.eur.nl

Author(s): 
Dr. Jody Hoffer Gittell
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