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Healthcare teams

Driven by the needs of the patient

Composition of healthcare teams

Seven healthcare professionals facing forward
  • The composition of a team is driven by the needs of the patient.

A healthcare team comprises a patient and at least two healthcare professionals. The patient is not just a recipient of services but an integral part of the team with the right to be involved in decisions about care.

Teams are often complex in nature, composed of people with different knowledge and skills, and from different backgrounds. Typically, members of healthcare teams change frequently, which is why they may not always know each other.

Teams may develop specific habits — some good and some bad — particularly in the area of communication.