The role of professional and team commitments in nurse-physician collaboration

Luca Caricati, Tiziana Mancini, Alfonso Sollami, Monica Bianconcini, Cinzia Guidi, Carmen Prandi, Rosa Silvano, Chiara Taffurelli, Giovanna Artioli

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Aim: To analyse the effect of both professional and care unit commitments on attitudes towards interprofessional collaboration between nurses and physicians. Background: The effects of both professional and care unit commitment on inter-professional collaboration have not been taken into account together, and previous research has analysed only one profession at a time, neglecting the nurse-physician comparison. Method: A cross-sectional survey of 138 physicians and 359 nurses was used. Results: For physicians, professional commitment decreased attitudes towards interprofessional collaboration whereas care unit commitment had a positive influence. Conversely, for nurses, the professional commitment had a significant positive effect on attitudes towards interprofessional collaboration whereas care unit commitment had no significant effect. Conclusion: Intergroup relations affect the extent to which nurses and physicians are inclined to engage in interprofessional collaboration. Professional and care unit commitments had different effects on attitude toward the inter-professional collaboration of nurses and physicians. Implication for Nursing Management: Inter-professional collaboration is affected by the relationship between physicians and nurse at the professional group level. Managers who want to change and improve inter-professional collaboration should pay close attention to the interplay between changes they are introducing and well-established identities and practices between professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E192-E200
JournalJournal of Nursing Management
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Interprofessional relations
  • Nurse-physician collaboration
  • Professional identity
  • Team identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management

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Caricati, L., Mancini, T., Sollami, A., Bianconcini, M., Guidi, C., Prandi, C., Silvano, R., Taffurelli, C., & Artioli, G. (2016). The role of professional and team commitments in nurse-physician collaboration. Journal of Nursing Management, 24(2), E192-E200. https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.12323