Work-related empowerment of the multidisciplinary team at the Rheumatism Foundation Hospital

Authors


Tarja Suominen, University of Kuopio, c.o. Stadia, AO.25, Tukholmankatu 10, PL 4030, Helsinki 00099, Finland. Email: tarja.suominen@uku.fi

Abstract

Carried out as part of a staff development project, this study describes the experiences of work-related empowerment within a multidisciplinary team at the Rheumatism Foundation Hospital in Finland. The data were collected using a structured questionnaire consisting of background variables and questions concerning verbal, behavioural and outcome empowerment. The questionnaire was sent to all members of the multidisciplinary team at the Rheumatism Foundation Hospital, with the exception of physicians, departmental secretaries and administrative personnel. The response rate was 58%. The data were examined using statistical methods. The multidisciplinary team felt quite strong verbal and behavioural empowerment, but was less confident in terms of outcome empowerment. Several factors were found to be associated with the different fields of empowerment. In conclusion, the multidisciplinary team felt quite strong work-related empowerment.

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