Cancer center clinic and research team perceptions of identity and interactions

Torsten Reimer, Simon J.Craddock Lee, Sandra Garcia, Mary Gill, Tobi Duncan, Erin L. Williams, David E. Gerber

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Abstract

Purpose Conduct of cancer clinical trials requires coordination and cooperation among research and clinic teams. Diffusion of and confusion about responsibility may occur if team members' perceptions of roles and objectives do not align. These factors are critical to the success of cancer centers but are poorly studied. Methods We developed a survey adapting components of the Adapted Team Climate Inventory, MeasureofTeamIdentification, andMeasureof In-Group Bias. Surveys wereadministered to research and clinic staff at a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t tests, and analyses of variance. Results Responses were received from 105 staff (clinic, n = 55; research, n = 50; 61% response rate). Compared with clinic staff, research staff identified more strongly with their own group (P, .01) but less strongly with the overall cancer center (P=.02). Both clinic staff and research staff viewed their own group's goals as clearer than those of the other group (P<.01) and felt that members of their groups interacted and shared information within (P<.01) and across (P<.01) groups more than the other group did. Research staff perceived daily outcomes as more important than did clinic staff (P = .05), specifically research-related outcomes (P = .07). Conclusion Although there are many similarities between clinic and research teams, we also identified key differences, including perceptions of goal clarity and sharing, understanding and alignment with cancer center goals, and importance of outcomes. Future studies should examine how variation in perceptions and group dynamics between clinic and research teams may impact function and processes of cancer care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1021-e1029
JournalJournal of Oncology Practice
Volume13
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)
  • Health Policy

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