A systematic review of team formulations in multidisciplinary teams: staff views and opinions

Rebecca Bealey, Gillian Bowden, Paul Fisher

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Background: Formulation and working psychologically with teams is considered a fundamental part of the role of a clinical psychologist. Quantitative studies have found staff find team formulations a positive, useful experience.
Aims: This review aims to utilize a Thematic Synthesis to combine qualitative studies on staff experiences of participating in team formulations and explore what benefits staff perceive from the process. The review also aims to provide a thorough quality appraisal of the included research.
Method: A Thematic Synthesis was completed on qualitative studies which met the required inclusion criteria. The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme qualitative checklist was used to appraise the included research.
Results: The studies included in the review were of a mixed quality, and in some instances there was an insufficient amount of detail to complete an accurate assessment. Overall, seven themes were identified across the studies.
Conclusions: The current review highlights the importance of team formulation in general practice for both enhancing staff understanding of service users but also improving professional confidence and validation. The review also highlighted some of the barriers to staff practicing team formulations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Humanistic Psychology
Early online date7 Sep 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Sep 2021

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