Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the efficacy of an interdisciplinary intervention on interdisciplinary teamwork and patient functional outcomes in an acute inpatient rehabilitation unit at a mid-sized regional hospital. Design: Pilot mixed-methods pre-post intervention study. Methods: Interdisciplinary teamwork and patient functional outcomes were measured before and after a teamwork intervention. Interdisciplinary teamwork was measured with the Healthcare Team Vitality Instrument (HTVI) and a qualitative staff questionnaire developed by a content expert. Patient functional outcomes were measured by aggregated Functional Independence Measure (FIM®) scores. Findings: Post-intervention FIM® gain scores increased significantly (p = .008). Staff questionnaire revealed improvement in interdisciplinary teamwork, with the major themes of teamwork and appreciation/respect. Post-intervention HTVI showed no significant change (p=.528). Conclusions: Initial results of this intervention are promising; additional research is needed to study the effectiveness of this intervention in a variety of acute rehabilitation settings. Clinical Relevance: Rehabilitation leaders can implement low-cost teamwork interventions to improve interdisciplinary teamwork and patient outcomes.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Cope, Julie K., "Exploring the Effect of an Interdisciplinary Teamwork Intervention in Acute Rehabilitation" (2016). All Theses and Dissertations. 6459.
interdisciplinary communication, interprofessional relations, patient care team, rehabilitation centers, stroke, nervous system diseases