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Importance of teamwork

Healthcare team around patient in wheelchairTeamwork and shared care are critical for the delivery of quality healthcare. Shared care can mean treating a patient with the cooperation of other physicians, or with other regulated or unregulated healthcare providers.

Successful healthcare teams
Healthcare team:  A healthcare team consists of two or more healthcare providers working together to advance the care of their patient, each member having specific roles and responsibilities, performing interdependent tasks, and adapting to the patient's needs. It is helpful to include the patient as part of the team.
communicate well. Communication breakdowns and teamwork failures are common reasons for adverse events (accidents in Québec). Inter-professional communication issues result in delays in diagnosis, mishaps in surgery, medication adverse events, and failures in monitoring or follow-up of patients.