The role of professional and team commitment in nurse-physician collaboration: A dual identity model perspective

Luca Caricati, Monica Guberti, Patrizia Borgognoni, Carmen Prandi, Ivana Spaggiari, Emanuela Vezzani, Marina Iemmi

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Abstract

Nurse-physician collaboration involves healthcare operators from different professions working together. The dual identity model predicts that nurse-physician interprofessional collaboration could improve if these operators feel they belong to both their professional category and care unit. This study tested this prediction by analyzing the effect of professional and team commitments on interprofessional collaboration between nurses and physicians in a hospital based in Northern Italy. A cross-section questionnaire survey was administered to 270 nurses and 95 physicians. Results indicate that interprofessional collaboration is positively affected by team commitment, while professional commitment had no effect. In accordance with the dual identity model, results indicate that interprofessional collaboration is higher when: (i) both professional and team commitment is high, and (ii) when team commitment is high and professional commitment is low. These results support dual identity model predictions and suggest that interprofessional collaboration can be increased by bolstering both team and professional commitment of nurses and physicians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-468
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 28 2015

Keywords

  • Dual identity model
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Professional commitment
  • Team commitment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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