This is an interesting read….. I can logically champion the team approach change and need. However, I just came through a surgical need, and while I certainly was not in the referenced high risk, very sick patient category, with my recent health care need experience very fresh in my mind, I would add that with a change in the healthcare approach, there needs to be a patient learning process. A part of achieving health resolution and wellness comes from the bond and trust one places in an individual care provider….in the team approach, this aspect of wellness would need to be replaced by a bond and trust in a team. I can easily imagine an untoward fragmentation until this replacement bond and trust can be achieved. Healthcare leadership
Excerpt………Two years ago, I wrote a piece in HBR called “Turning Doctors into Leaders,” which began with the sentence “The problem in health care is people like me” — that is, physicians who had been trained in an era when excellence in medicine was defined by what you did as an individual. In the short period since, the concept that medicine is actually a team sport has become increasingly accepted. Because of medical progress, there is too much to know, too much to do, and too many people involved to give patients excellent care, unless we get better at working in teams. A lot better.
Read full article…….via Spring Training for Health Care Teams – Thomas H. Lee – Harvard Business Review.