Physician Leadership and Team-Based Care
Marketplace, public, and government voices have converged to tell medicine they want quality, safe patient care delivered by well-coordinated, high-functioning teams of professionals. Whether it leads to better patient care, the team model (basis for patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations) is oftentimes easier to endorse than to realize. Contributors to the June issue examine some of the many obstacles to truly collaborative team-based care: leadership must be redefined and clinicians trained as leaders, interprofessional education must be developed, practice style differences must be resolved. And at every stage, resistance to the new must be surmounted.