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Barriers to Effective Collaborative Work Relationship

Barriersto Effective Collaborative Work Relationship

Barriersto Effective Collaborative Work Relationship

Communicationimpacts safe patient care in the health care environment. Failures incommunication resulting from ineffective collaborative relationshipshave been associated with the inadvertent patient harm (Wieczorek,Marent, Dorner, and Dür, 2016).The proverb ‘When in Rome do as the Romans do’ highlights therole of workplace environment indeveloping collaborative relationships with patients, families, andother health care providers as discussed in this essay.

Tobegin with, issues relating to ambiguous and unclear information,lack of timely and effective exchange of information and insufficientinformation will be prevalent in healthcare setting where culture isa barrier. Nursesand doctors have been trained in different settings and havedifferent communication styles that can impact quality of care(Wieczorek, Marent, Dorner, and Dür, 2016).The authors demonstrate that different cultural orientation andtraining of health care providers leads to miscommunication. In somecultures certain groups of people are refrained from being assertiveand might not fully contribute toward collaborative workrelationships. They will hardly challenge an opinion openly and thismeans that their contribution to evidence based care is also limited.A nurse from a patriarchal society may not communicate his or herconcerns directly. Wieczoreket al., highlights the challenge of complexityof patient needs in a busy healthcare environment as a greatchallenge for healthcare providers who rely on evidence basedintervention to deliver quality care. Communication of interventionand care protocols among healthcare providers since hospitals relieson multiple inter-professional communications, rules, andcontingencies for quality healthcare may become a challenge.

Tosum up, as much as diversity in healthcare environment enhancesquality of care, in extreme case cultural barriers present a changein establishing collaborative relationships. Common understandingamong collaborating teams is important to quality care.


Wieczorek,C. C., Marent, B., Dorner, T. E., &amp Dür, W. (2016). The strugglefor inter- professional teamwork and collaboration in maternity care:Austrian health professionals’ perspectives on the implementationof the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.&nbspBMCHealth Services Research,&nbsp16,91. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-016-1336-3