Pediatric residents' perspectives on relationships with other professionals during well child care

Marjorie Sue Rosenthal, Katherine A. Connor, Ada M. Fenick

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This study aimed to examine pediatric residents' perspectives of primary care professional relationships. Using a longitudinal qualitative study design, we conducted 15 semi-structured interviews with five second-year pediatric residents who elected to participate in a one-year intervention, facilitating group well child care (GWCC). Pediatric residents described a spectrum of professional relationship types including: ignorant, transactional, workaround, educational and equitable. Residents described ignorant, transactional and workaround relationships with feelings of frustration, and they described educational and equitable relationships with feelings of satisfaction and humility. While residents described optimal relationships in both traditional WCC and GWCC, they described suboptimal relationships in only traditional WCC. Further study is needed to assess if our model of GWCC may create a scaffolding upon which optimal relationships in interprofessional teams are likely to flourish.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-484
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2014


  • Interprofessional care
  • Interprofessional education
  • Pediatrics
  • Preventative care
  • Qualitative method
  • Residency education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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