Teamwork in primary care: the views and experiences of nurses, midwives and health visitors

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  • Rose Wiles BSc PhD,

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    1. Research Fellow, Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of Southampton, Southampton, England
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  • Judy Robison affBSc Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work

    1. Research Fellow, Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of Southampton, Southampton, England
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Dr R Wiles, Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of Southampton 129 University Road Southampton SO95NH England

Abstract

This paper reports on findings from a study of teamwork in primary care in one family health services authority in England It is based on interviews using a semi-structured questionnaire with practice nurses, district nurses, health visitors and midwives in 20 practices Six topics emerged as important in relation to the views of nurses, midwives and health visitors and their experiences of teamwork team identity, leadership, access to general practitioners, philosophies of care, understanding of team members' roles and responsibilities, and, disagreement regarding roles and responsibilities Differences in the various views and experiences of teamwork were identified Midwives and health visitors emerged as the least integrated members of the primary health care team Recent changes to the organization of primary health care services, as well as professional changes, are seen as accounting for the different experiences of the nursing groups The potential for teamwork in the future is discussed

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