Practical Insights Into the Group Process: What Works and What Doesn't

Practical Insights Into the Group Process: What Works and What Doesn't

Brenda J. Rogers (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, USA) and Brian Burghardt (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, USA)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3066-5.ch003


The group process can be a highly effective and efficient method to address a problem, especially among persons with different professional backgrounds. Interprofessional collaboration can provide insight and solutions that extend beyond a single professional's knowledge. But collaboration has potential problems too, including determining how to effectively and respectfully work with people with different knowledge, experiences, and authority. This chapter reviews the benefits of group process as well as identifies the detriments of doing so and provides guidance on how to develop a successful group collaboration project.
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When approaching a problem, there are many benefits to group process, particularly interprofessional group process endeavors, as compared to individual decision-making. Group process methodology is an approach to problem-solving that includes individuals from different professions or specialties coming together with an objective to solve the problem. During the group problem-solving endeavor, it is anticipated that resources are identified that contribute valuable information that would not be known to an individual attempting to solve the same problem. Benefits to a group process endeavor are the inclusion of diverse experience and educational roles in assessing a problem, knowledge gained from working with other professions, the inclusion of viewpoints from an array of backgrounds, utilization of a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving and the opportunity to extrapolate knowledge gained in the process to situations beyond the local level.

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