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Overview


Most healthcare — both inpatient and outpatient — is delivered by teams of healthcare professionals.

Terms used to describe working together to provide care include interprofessional care, and less commonly, collaborative care, shared care and team care.

Well functioning teams offer the potential for delivering better care and reducing risks for patients by:
  • providing patients greater access to the most appropriate providers to manage specific clinical problems
  • enhancing analysis of clinical problems
  • providing continuity and coordination of care by different providers

Objectives


After completing this domain you will be able to:
  • Describe how teams can improve patient care.
  • Identify the principles of effective teams.
  • Explain the roles of the leader and members of a team.
  • List what should be considered before delegating care to a trainee or another healthcare provider.
  • List the responsibilities of a trainee when accepting a delegated task or decision.
  • Explain how Canadian courts have viewed the accountability of individual providers working in teams.
  • Describe some of the lessons learned from medical-legal cases involving teams.

Topics and case studies

Healthcare teams

Healthcare teams

Driven by the needs of the patient
Safe teamwork

Safe teamwork

Successful teams reduce risk
Delegation and supervision

Delegation and supervision

Responsibilities of supervisors and trainees
Medical-legal lessons

Medical-legal lessons

From the CMPA files
Quick answers

Quick answers

Questions from our physician members
Test yourself

Test yourself

Check your knowledge