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Comment & Response
October 4, 2016

Primary Care “Provider” and Professional Identity—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

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JAMA. 2016;316(13):1412. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.9784

In Reply These letters focus attention on 2 key evidence-based principles of successful interdisciplinary team work in health care: (1) respecting and understanding roles and (2) ensuring an appropriate mix of competencies. In their seminal work based on survey data and a systematic review of available evidence, Nancarrow and colleagues1 found that well-functioning teams “value diversity, and clearly need input from a range of staff who bring complementary experience and attributes to the team.” Designating all as “providers” blurs important distinctions and creates confusion among team members as to roles, responsibilities, and specific contributions, compromising effective team functioning.

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