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Healthcare teams

Driven by the needs of the patient

Physicians on teams

Side view of male and female physiciansSeveral physicians may be on a team to provide treatment and follow up, and fulfill roles such as:
  • most responsible physician
  • consultant
  • temporary replacement (e.g. night, weekend, locum)
  • learner (student or resident)
Each physician needs to know:
  • the scopes of practice
    Scope of practice:  The range of healthcare tasks, decisions or activities of a qualified, licensed healthcare professional (e.g. doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse, pharmacist) allowed by law and the provincial/territorial licensing authority governing that profession.
     of team members
  • their own role and responsibility
  • the responsibility and expectations of the other physicians and team members
  • possible interactions among their own treatments and those of others