Exploring Predictors for Teamwork Performance in an Interprofessional Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Course for Early Learners

Danah M. Alsane, Kelly Lockeman, Leticia R. Moczygemba, Colleen Lynch, Patricia W. Slattum


Background: This study evaluated predictors of team development and performance on a final project in a large Interprofessional Quality Improvement and Patient Safety course.

Methods and findings: Predictors examined were prior interprofessional teamwork experience and collective orientation preferences for dominance and affiliation. TheTeam Development Measure assessed perceived level of team development at the end of the course. Structural equation modelling was used to test the relationships, and only dominance was related to team development. Team development was not related to performance on the final project.

Conclusions: This study is the first to simultaneously assess predictors of team development and the relationship between team development and course performance in interprofessional education. Although findings were not conclusive, several avenues for future study are highlighted.


Interprofessional education; Collaboration; Teamwork; Team development

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22230/jripe.2019v9n1a283