Academic Journals Database
Disseminating quality controlled scientific knowledge

Pluralistic dialoguing: A theory of interdisciplinary teamworking

Author(s): Antoinette McCallin, Ph.D., M.A. (hons), B.A., RGON

Journal: Grounded Theory Review : an International Journal
ISSN 1556-1542

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: pluralistic dialoguing | teamwork | grounded theory

The aim of this emerging grounded theory study was to discover the main concerns of health professionals working in interdisciplinary teams, and to explain the processes team members used to continually resolve practice problems. Data collected from forty-four participants from seven disciplines in two teaching hospitals in New Zealand, included eighty hours each of interviewing and participant observation. In this paper the theory of pluralistic dialoguing is presented. It is argued that interdisciplinary work is possible whenthe team replaces the discipline focus with a client-focused care and thinks differently about service delivery. Thinking cooperatively requires individual team members to dialogue with colleagues, thereby deconstructing traditional ways of thinking and reconstructing new approaches to interdisciplinary practice. Although dialoguing was an informal process occurring within clinical spaces, as the effects of health reform and restructuring intensify teams also need to establish formal dialogue groups to facilitate team practice development and support team learning in the continually changing fast-paced practice context.
Why do you need a reservation system?      Affiliate Program