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Table 4 Triangulation of the data sources to identify the characteristics of a good interdisciplinary team

From: Ten principles of good interdisciplinary team work

Data synthesis Data sources
Characteristics of a good interdisciplinary team Themes from thematic synthesis of the literature Themes identified as characteristics of a good team from IMT workshops Topics identified by participants as challenges to interdisciplinary team work from IMT workshops
Communication Communication Good communication Communication and relationships-external
Individual characteristics Individual characteristics Personal qualities  
  Problem solving/decision-making   
  Interdependence   
Leadership and management Leadership Leadership and management Management, leadership, decision-making and autonomy
Personal rewards, training and development opportunities Learning Training and development opportunities Continuing professional development, rotation and career progression
   Individual rewards and opportunity Morale and motivation
Quality and outcomes of care Patient focus Quality and outcomes of care Patient treatment, communication, capacity and outcomes
Appropriate skill mix Skills Appropriate skill mix Role mix, professional roles and responsibilities
  Team characteristics   
Appropriate process and resources Structures Appropriate team processes and resources Facilities, resources, procedures and administration
Team climate Climate Team culture Communication and relationships-internal
Respecting and understanding roles Power Respecting and understanding roles Joint working
  Perceptions   Role mix, professional roles and responsibilities
  Roles   
Clarity of vision Values Clear vision Clarity of vision, uncertainty and changes to service
  Professional commitment External image of the service  
   Flexibility