• teamwork;
  • dissemination strategies;
  • implementation of guidelines


Aim  To synthesis the literature relevant to guideline dissemination and implementation strategies for healthcare teams and team-based practice.

Methods  Systematic approach utilising Joanna Briggs Institute methods. Two reviewers screened all articles and where there was disagreement, a third reviewer determined inclusion.

Results  Initial search revealed 12 083 of which 88 met the inclusion criteria. Ten dissemination and implementation strategies identified with distribution of educational materials the most common. Studies were assessed for patient or practitioner outcomes and changes in practice, knowledge and economic outcomes. A descriptive analysis revealed multiple approaches using teams of healthcare providers were reported to have statistically significant results in knowledge, practice and/or outcomes for 72.7% of the studies.

Conclusion  Team-based care using practice guidelines locally adapted can affect positively patient and provider outcomes.