The influence of hospital culture on rehabilitation team functioning in VA hospitals

J Rehabil Res Dev. Jan-Feb 2002;39(1):115-25.


A conceptual model of rehabilitation effectiveness, in which team functioning is influenced by hospital culture, has been previously suggested by several authors of this study. The current study tested the efficacy of the hospital culture portion of the model using survey data from 523 rehabilitation team members and 162 administrators from 50 participating Veterans Administration Hospitals (VAHs). We assessed four types of hospital culture (personal, dynamic, formal, and production-oriented) using an instrument developed originally for a Competing Values Model. Rehabilitation team members and administrators perceived three of the four hospital cultures differently (p < 0.0001), agreeing only on production-oriented culture. With the use of VAH dominant culture as the independent variable, statistically significant differences were found among all nine measures of team functioning (dependent variables). The major contrast was between personal versus formal hospital culture types.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection
  • Disabled Persons / rehabilitation*
  • Environment
  • Female
  • Health Services Research
  • Hospitals, Veterans
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Male
  • Multicenter Studies as Topic
  • Organizational Culture*
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine / standards*
  • Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine / trends
  • Probability
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Rehabilitation Centers / organization & administration
  • United States