Core Principles and Values for Team-Based Health Care

This paper is the product of individuals who worked to identify basic principles and expectations for the coordinated contributions of various participants in the care process.

It is intended to provide common reference points to guide coordinated collaboration among health professionals, patients, and families— ultimately helping to accelerate interprofessional team-based care.

Team-based care is going to be an essential part of nursing as well as all of health care.

This paper was written by the participants from the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Value & Science-Drive Health Care.

The VRST report sets a nuanced definition of team-based care, one that reflects both individual and public health:

Team-based care is the provision of health services to individuals, families, and/or their communities by at least two health providers who work collaboratively with patients and their caregivers – to the extent preferred by each patient – to accomplish shared goals within and across settings to achieve coordinated, high-quality care.

This report also includes five interesting personal values that characterize effective team members:

  • Honesty
  • Discipline
  • Creativity
  • Humility
  • Curiosity

How would team-based care shape your practice?