Teamwork will lead to superior outcomes in health care; is often suggested. It is expected that in synergistic teamwork, teams create something greater than the sum of the individual contributions (Andreatta, 2010; Nurmi, 1996). Due to the increasing demand of long-term care (LTC) services and the increasing complexity of clients, teams have become key players in LTC; both mono-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams. Research has primarily focused on multi-disciplinary teams in acute care; mono-disciplinary teams and the LTC sector have received less attention. Predictors of team performance and interventions to improve team performance in LTC remain uninvestigated. It is therefore important to gain insight into how high team performance and improvement in the LTC sector can be achieved. In the following sections we will discuss the LTC setting, teams in this setting, and the overall research aim.

J. Paauwe (Jaap)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)

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