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What's so great about collaboration?

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 15 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1022

We need more evidence and less rhetoric

  1. Merrick Zwarenstein, healthcare researcher (,
  2. Scott Reeves, researcher
  1. Health Systems Research Unit, Medical Research Council, PO Box 19070, South Africa 7505
  2. St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery, City University, London EC1A 7QN

    General practice pp 1038, 1043, 1048, 1053

    A recent white paper on the NHS strongly recommended improved teamwork between professionals.1 On what basis? How well do nurses and doctors collaborate? Does it matter to anyone? And if it matters, can it be improved? The short answer to all of these questions is: We don't know.

    The modern concern with interactions between doctors and nurses began with an opinion piece in a psychiatric journal in 1967. It likened the relationship to a …

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