Open Access Capstone
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Background: Communication among interdisciplinary team members is a key component in providing quality care to patients. In the homecare setting, there are unique challenges to ensure effective communication occurs.
Purpose: To compare perceived interdisciplinary collaboration and work engagement between a team of homecare clinicians who were involved with identifying why critical clinical and social information is not communicated with a team of homecare clinicians who were not involved
Theoretical Framework. The Person Environment Occupation Performance (PEOP) model provided the theoretical framework for this project.
Methods. A quasi-experimental interrupted time series design with an intervention and control group was used. The intervention included a focus group of healthcare clinicians who identified why critical clinical and social information is not communicated and developed a solution to improve communication. Control and intervention groups completed the Index of Interdisciplinary Collaboration (IIC) and Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES) at weeks 1, 5 and 7.
Results: Intervention group increased their perceived interdisciplinary collaboration and work engagement as measured by the IIC and UWES.
Conclusions: Empowering homecare clinicians to develop strategies to improve interdisciplinary communication is beneficial to improve interdisciplinary collaboration and work engagement. Actively involving homecare clinicians in identifying issues and developing solutions may lead to improved collaboration and work engagement.
Anne Fleischer, Ph.D., MPH, OT/L
Geela Spira, PhD, OTR/L
2021 Erica J. Arndt
Arndt, Erica J., "Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Homecare Setting" (2021). Occupational Therapy Doctorate Capstone Projects. 91.
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