The role of gender, profession and informational role self-efficacy in physician-nurse knowledge sharing and decision-making

J Interprof Care. 2022 Jan-Feb;36(1):34-43. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2021.1890006. Epub 2021 May 19.


While gender and professional status influence how decisions are made, the role played by health care professionals' informational role self-efficacy appears as a central construct fostering participation in decision-making. The goal of this study is to contribute to a better understanding of how gender and profession affect the role of self-efficacy in sharing expertise and decision-making. Validated questionnaires were answered by a cross-sectional sample of 108 physicians and nurses working in mental health care teams. A moderated mediation analysis was performed. Results reveal that the impact of sharing knowledge on informational role self-efficacy is negative for nurses. Being a nurse negatively affects the relation between informational role self-efficacy and participating in decision-making. Informational role self-efficacy is also a strong positive predictor of participation in decision-making for male physicians but less so for female physicians.

Keywords: Self-efficacy; decision-making; gender; knowledge sharing; profession; teamwork.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Decision Making
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Male
  • Physicians*
  • Self Efficacy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires