Improving teamwork climate in operating theatres: the shift from multiprofessionalismto interprofessionalism

J Interprof Care. 2006 Oct;20(5):461-70. doi: 10.1080/13561820600921915.


A multi-faceted, longitudinal and prospective collaborative inquiry was initiated in December 2002 with one half of the cohort of operating theatre personnel in a large, acute UK hospital serving a mainly rural population. The same intervention was introduced in January 2004 to the other half of the cohort. The project aims to improve patient safety through a structured educational intervention focussed upon changing teamwork practices. This article reports one critical element of the larger project - changing teamwork climate as a necessary precursor to establishing an interprofessional teamwork culture. The aggregate of individual, unidirectional attitude changes across a large cohort constitutes a change in climate. This shift challenges the conventional culture of multiprofessionalism, where uniprofessional identification (the "silo" mentality) is traditionally strong.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical, Continuing / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Operating Rooms / organization & administration*
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative*
  • United Kingdom