Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository


Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Sibbald, Shannon


Interprofessional team-based care is essential to primary healthcare in Ontario, but care provided by teams is often disjointed. A Lung Health Team working within Family Health Teams (FHTs) in Ontario developed a successful team model and Lung Health Program that improved patients’ quality of life and reduces healthcare utilization.

A qualitative exploratory case study was conducted to explore components of the team and program that contribute to improved performance, facilitators and barriers to success, the perceived benefit to patients and providers, and the team’s and program’s sustainability and spread. Focus groups and interviews with the team and their patients, environmental scan, and document analysis were conducted. Iterative and inductive data analysis using content analysis took place.

The team’s success comes from a shared team identity, a strength-based approach to teaming, a team structure that drives the product, which is the Lung Health Program, and a strong product.