Interprofessional collaborative team development in china: A grounded theory study.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


To generate a theory of interprofessional collaborative team development in China.


Interprofessional collaborative practice is an important approach to improve the patient-centred care.


Theoretical sampling was used to recruit individuals who had collaboration experiences. They each participated in face-to-face interviews lasting 40-60 min. Major categories describing the team development process for collaboration were extracted according to the grounded theory methodology.


The interprofessional collaborative team development was guided by a common purpose-"patient-centredness." Three stages involved in team development were identified: exploration, integration and continuous adjustment. Various strategies described for each stage are required to move successfully through the process.


Interprofessional team development is a dynamic process with three primary stages. The culture in which a teamworks is reflected in each stage of team development and collaboration.

Implications for nursing management

Understanding interprofessional collaborative team development and the strategies required will help nurse managers to better design interprofessional teamwork opportunities and provide necessary support to achieve the effective interprofessional collaborative practice.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hu, Y; Broome, M

Published Date

  • September 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1075 - 1083

PubMed ID

  • 30951214

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1365-2834

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0966-0429

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/jonm.12775


  • eng