Introduction: The development of interprofessional collaboration is of great significance for facilitating the flow of information and provision of collaborated services. In fact, only one single profession cannot respond to all demands. Thus, this study was aimed to investigate clinical nurse-physician collaboration in Iran. 

Methods: This study was performed with nurses and physicians of university hospitals affiliated to Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran, during September 2013-March 2015, using grounded and synthesis theory. The data were obtained using semi-structured interviews and field notes, and MAXQ DA version 10 was employed for data analysis. 

Results: The core variable was defined as “management of strategic goals”, and the main categories included perception of challenging organizational structures, providing a comprehensive supportive net for patients, seeking professional communication, and building solid confidence. Based on views of the participants, they were aiming to apply a stress management strategy, while maintaining their position in the organization, by making passive compromises to protect themselves against the perceived threats.

Conclusion: The participants were trying to overcome barriers through reducing and managing the tension, while maintaining their position in the organization using forced, passive coping strategies to protect themselves against the perceived threats.


Keywords: Grounded theory, Interprofessional relations, Nurses, Physicians, Collaboration
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