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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