Rehabilitation practice: Challenges to effective team working

Andrew F. Long, Rosie Kneafsey, Julia Ryan

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Effective rehabilitation depends on multiple inputs from a variety of skilled multi-professional team members. This paper explores perceptions of the nurse's role within the multi-professional rehabilitation team and challenges for effective team working. It draws on findings from a 2-year qualitative study exploring the role of the nurse within rehabilitation. Substantial differences in the nurse's role were evident, depending on their and others' perceptions, especially in relation to the nurse's carry-on role. Many nurses felt their contributions were not valued and others desired greater reciprocity within the team. Blurring of role boundaries could bring benefits to clients but also led to professional tensions and rivalry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-673
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2003
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by a grant from the ENB, whose support is gratefully acknowledged. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and not the ENB. The authors acknowledge the specialist advice and comments from members of the Project's Steering Group. Most especially, we would like to thank all the practitioners, clients and carers who took part in the research.


  • Nurse's role
  • Qualitative research
  • Rehabilitation
  • Team working

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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