The Informal Champion’s Role in Promoting the Care of Inter-Professional Teams

Galia Sheffer-Hilel, Anat Drach-Zahavy, Ronit Endevelt

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This study aimed to examine how allied healthcare professionals as informal leaders can lead reforms to improve patient care on an interprofessional team. With 284 interprofessional team members working in 59 geriatric facilities, our findings demonstrated that informal leaders exhibiting more championship behaviors gained higher innovation success scores. In addition, the champion’s professional tenure and institutional size were both negatively associated with innovation success. We discuss important implications for this understudied issue in interprofessional team research: how a low-status informal leader can direct reform aimed at improving patient care within a healthcare organization.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)219-242
Number of pages24
JournalSmall Group Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2023


  • champions
  • informal leader
  • interprofessional team

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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