Implementing Best Practices for Positive Outcomes

Interdisciplinary teams can change the culture of care and improve care. It is no longer a buzzword but a patient-centered model backed by positive research. Teamwork rounding in intensive care units or rapid response teams in other units has been shown to decrease mortality and length of stay. The Interdisciplinary NetWork presents articles that reflect positive outcomes from implementing best practices.


  1. Multidisciplinary In-Hospital Teams Improve Patient Outcomes
  2. Takeaway Message: The use of multidisciplinary in-hospital teams limits adverse events (AE), improves outcomes, and adds to patient and employee satisfaction.
  3. Implementing Interdisciplinary Teams Does Not Necessarily Improve Primary Care Practice Climate
  4. Takeaway Message: Practices implementing care teams reported improved team structure, team functioning, readiness for change, and perceptions of skills and knowledge over time.
  5. Importance of Interdisciplinary Teams
  6. Takeaway Message: Improving end-of-life care requires interdisciplinary action. Teams need expertise of three types: system leadership, technical expertise, and day-to-day leadership.
  7. Interdisciplinary Team Rounds: Do's and Dont's
  8. Takeaway Message: You have to know when to speak, what to say, and perhaps most importantly, how to integrate yourself into the team process without alienating any of the other team members along the way.
  9. Interdisciplinary Ventilator Care Program Improves Survival Rates
  10. Takeaway Message: Study found increased survival.
  11. A Conceptual Model for Knowledge Intergration in Interdisciplinary Teams
  12. Takeaway Message: A model for integrating knowledge across disciplines in a productive way.
  13. Leveraging a Redesigned Morbidity and Mortality Conference That Incorporates the Clinical and Educational Missions of Improving Quality and Patient Safety
  14. Takeaway Message: A more diversified approach to peer review with interprofessional and interdisciplinary colleagues.
  15. NIV by an Interdisciplinary Respiratory Care Team in Severe Respiratory Failure in the Emergency Department Limited to Daytime Hours
  16. Takeaway message: An Interdisciplinary Respiratory Care Team can implement an NIV protocol successfully in the ED for severe respiratory distress.