Nurses’ and Physicians’ Attitudes Towards Nurse-Physician Collaboration in Critical Care

  •  Fatimah S. Alsallum    
  •  Maram A. Banakhar    
  •  Sulafah K. Gattan    
  •  Salha A. Alwalani    
  •  Roaa A. Alsuhaim    
  •  Raghad A. Samarkandi    


Nurses-physician collaboration is crucial for patient’s safety and patient’s outcomes. This study aimed to assess nurses’ and physicians’ attitudes towards nurse-physician collaboration in critical care areas in one teaching hospital in Saudi Arabia. A cross-sectional study design was conducted, and the data were collected from both nurses and physicians (n = 239) who were working in critical care areas in one teaching hospital in Jeddah city by using Jefferson scale of attitudes toward nurse-physician collaboration. Data were analysed by using t-test, one-way ANOVA and pearson correlation. The results demonstrated that nurses showed more positive attitudes towards collaboration in critical care areas than physicians. This study concluded that teamwork and collaboration must be encouraged among both nurses and physicians within the critical care units. Furthermore, interprofessional education for both nurses and physicians must be provided within the educational programs to increase the awareness regarding the importance of interproffesional education among healthcare providers.

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