QI 105 Lesson 3: Working with Interdisciplinary Team Members
Different perspectives are critical to an improvement project’s success. But a strong leader, who is capable of aligning a multidisciplinary team around a shared purpose, is just as essential. In this lesson, we’ll cover who should be on a clinical improvement team and the interprofessional competencies you'll need to make that team function. We’ll talk about strategies to promote teamwork and communication, including getting to know your teammates and writing down your plan.
Estimated Time of Completion: 25 minutes
Learning Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
1. Understand who should be on a clinical improvement team, i.e., what types of knowledge and skills should be represented among your teammates.
2. Describe the typical roles and values of several different types of health professionals, e.g., physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and administrators.
3. Explain several tactics for strengthening communication and teamwork to help make a clinical improvement project successful in the real world.
4. Explain how writing a charter and using a PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) tracking worksheet for your project can help facilitate teamwork.
Contributors
Author(s):
Mary Dolansky, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, Louis Stokes VA Medical Center View Profile
Editor(s):
Laura Fink, Senior Managing Editor, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Reviewer(s):
James Moses, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Quality Improvement, Associate CQO, Boston Medical Center View Profile
Requirements
You must be a registered IHI.org user to take this lesson.
You must achieve a minimum score of 75% to successfully complete this lesson.