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Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Healthcare Professionals

Fewster-Thuente, Lori MSN, RN; Velsor-Friedrich, Barbara PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/01.NAQ.0000305946.31193.61
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Interdisciplinary collaboration has the capacity to affect both healthcare providers and patients. Research has shown that the lack of communication and collaboration may be responsible for as much as 70% of the adverse events currently reported. The purpose of this article is 2-fold: to examine factors that may influence interdisciplinary collaboration and consequently patient outcomes and to examine the relationship between interdisciplinary collaboration and King's theory of goal attainment as a theory to support the phenomenon of interdisciplinary collaboration.

From the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

Corresponding author: Lori Fewster-Thuente, MSN, RN, Loyola University Chicago, 6525 North Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60626 (e-mail: llfewster@hotmail.com).

We thank Dr Imogene King for her expertise and guidance in the creation of this article.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.