4.2.1 Power Structures

ImageA large component of making the change to interprofessional teams is building successful interpersonal relations between team members. A critical piece of successful team relationships is a balance of power and a flat team structure as opposed to a hierarchical structure. The creation of empowering interprofessional relationships as a part of your interprofessional change strategy will lay the foundation for effective collaboration, information sharing and, ultimately, the provision of high quality patient care. 

This section outlines key points with reference to understanding the importance of power to interprofessional teams  as well as outlining key strategies to balance power.  Sources of tools to measure power are included.

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IconPower and Social Exchange Theory (PDF)

IconStrategies to Balance Power (PDF)

IconTools For Measurement (PDF)


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