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Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Debra Hampton

Clinical Mentor

Dr. Colleen Swartz

Committee Member

Dr. Karen Stefaniak

Committee Member

Dr. Philip Chang



PURPOSE: The primary objective of this project was to determine if specific interventions, to include education, rounding, and regular meetings, improved collaboration and communication for nurse/physician dyads working in acute care hospital administrative roles.

METHODS: The study employed a prospective pre-test and post-test comparison of participants’ scores on a validated survey tool. This tool (JeffSATIC) measured perception of collaboration between nurses and physicians. The objective was to evaluate the differences in these scores in participants before and after an intervention.

RESULTS: This study sought to discover if specific interventions impacted scores on a tool measuring collaboration among dyad pairs. The findings did not support the concept that specific interventions (education, rounding, regular meetings) improved scores on the JeffSATIC collaboration tool in this study cohort.

CONCLUSION: Interprofessional collaboration is an important part of the infrastructure that supports quality improvement in healthcare delivery. The literature supports the concept that improved collaboration and communication improve the quality of care (Thistlewaite, 2012). While the intervention failed to result in statistically significant changes in the JeffSATIC, it may have played a role in the improvement in scores. Relationship development may have been a plausible contribution to the limited measurable change. Addition of a qualitative element to the study design may have yielded a greater understanding of the experience.