OBJECTIVE: To explore attitudes of speech therapists towards multidisciplinary health care team.
STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional study
PLACE & DURATION: Sample was selected from hospitals of Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi where multidisciplinary line of care exists from 1st September, 2015 to 28th February, 2016.
METHODOLOGY: Thirty one speech therapists having more than two years of experience of professional services in multidisciplinary lines of care Participants were required to fill Attitudes towards Health Care Team Scale (ATHCTS) questionnaires. Questionnaire used was standardized Attitudes towards Health Care Team Scale (ATHCTS). Twenty one items measured attitudes in this questionnaire on a 6-point Likert scale with 0=Strongly disagree to 6= Strongly agree. Six out of twenty one items were negatively stated. All scores were dealt in a way that increases in score showed positivity in attitudes towards working with health care team. 6/21 items were reverse scored to get control over negatively stated items.
RESULTS: More than 50% of participants showed positive attitudes towards: physician's key role in team; effective communication among team members; and role of team work in assuring patients' satisfaction.
Conclusion: Mediating role of attitudes in anticipating productive team behaviors suggests that all Speech therapy professional degrees, courses and trainings should incorporate education of multidisciplinary team work for productive services of Speech therapists in a health care team.
Speech Therapy, Interdisciplinary Health Care, Interdisciplinary Team Work, Attitudes, Multidisciplinary Team Work