Nearly 75% of American Hospital Association member hospitals are implementing multi-disciplinary care teams and another 62% are training them, according to a survey on workforce planning conducted by the AHA Workforce Center in March. Nearly half of these hospitals are implementing the teams throughout their facility.
The most common team member roles are registered nurse, physician, social worker, pharmacist, nutritionist/dietician and physical therapist. Multi-disciplinary care teams are one of the key roles that hospitals and health systems can play in effectively delivering primary care, according to a January report by the AHA Primary Care Workforce Roundtable. The AHA Workforce Center plans to issue a report this fall on the future bedside care team, based on findings from a roundtable of physicians and nurses convened last May.