What Are Interprofessional Teams Thrive Within A Healthy Workplace?
Effective interprofessional collaborative teams therefore require reliable communication processes, with clearly defined responsibilities and appropriate roles (Headrick et al., 1998; Kennedy, 2001; Belanger & Rodriguez, 2008; Choi & Ruona, 2011; Campbell 2014).
Definitions in the Literature: Trust
The definition of interprofessional trust is not entirely defined as such in the literature. Instead, there are some definitions that can be useful in the pursuit of a definition. For example, the basic dictionary definition of trust is the “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something” (Merriam-Webster, 2012). While this definition clearly helps the reader understand what trust is, it only provides a small component of what trust in a team would be. Reina et al., (2007) describe trust in teams as follows: “Trust is essential for teamwork and foundational for healthy work environments. Without trust, the heart and soul of relationships are shattered, team collaboration compromised, and patient safety and outcomes undermined. Yet, trust is a highly complex and emotionally provocative topic that means different things to different people” (Reina, Reina, & Rushton, 2007 p. 103).
Cook and Wall (1980)…