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Interprofessional Barriers: A Study of Quality Improvement Work Among Nurses and Physicians

Eriksson, Nomie PhD; Müllern, Tomas PhD

Quality Management in Healthcare: April/June 2017 - Volume 26 - Issue 2 - p 63–69
doi: 10.1097/QMH.0000000000000129
Health Care Providers and Quality Improvement

This article studies interprofessional barriers between nurses and physicians in the context of quality improvement work. A total of 17 nurses and 10 physicians were interviewed at 2 hospitals in Sweden. The study uncovered a number of barriers relating to both the relative status of each group and their defined areas of responsibility.

School of Business, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden (Dr Eriksson); and Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping, Sweden (Dr Müllern).

Correspondence: Nomie Eriksson, PhD, School of Business, University of Skövde, Högskolevägen, PO 408, SE-541 28 Skövde, Sweden (

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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