Stress and Performance in Health Care Project Teams


stress-and-performanceBook Title:  Stress and Performance in Health Care Project Teams

Authors:         Francois Chiocchio, PhD, PMP, CHRP; Paule Lebel, MD, MSc, CRMCC; Pierre-Yves Therrianult, PhD, OT(C), CCCPE; Andree Boucher, MD, FRCPC; Carolyn Hass, MSc; Francois-Xavier Rabbat; Jean-Francois Bouchard

Publisher:  Project Management Institute, Inc.

Format:  Soft cover; 151 pages

Publication Date:   2012

ISBN: 978-1-935589-64-8

Reviewer:  Nazanin Mehrooz, PMP

Review Date:              March 2013 


Introduction to the Book

Project Management procedures and practices are being incorporated into daily activities in the health care industry.  The benefits are less rework and more controlled and managed tasks.  However, many resources are finding it difficult to invest time for adequate PM training, which often results in added work and unhealthy stress.  These factors impact performance in a negative fashion.  This book focuses on how training, workloads, demand, control, recognition, autonomy and power impact resources. Through controlled studies, some solutions are identified to help reduce these stressors.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book contains 7 chapters:

  1. Why Focus on Interprofessional Health Care Project Teams?
  2. Interprofessional Teams in Health Care:  A Response to Complexity
  3. Study Process, Projects and Participants
  4. Training Efficacy
  5. Workload, Demands, Control and Perceived Stress:  A Longitudinal Quantitative Examination
  6. Recognition, Autonomy and Power: A Qualitative Retrospective Examination
  7. Addressing Paradoxes of Interprofessional Health Care Project Teams

Appendix 1-9

Highlights: What’s New in this Book?

  • The authors have knowledge in both health care and project management, so they are well suited to share their insights.  While their focus is on health care projects, the logic and benefits of the study applies to other sectors.
  • The experiments were conducted and reported in a very controlled fashion with sufficient data captured on the results.
  • The 3 workshops identified in the training efficacy exercise had step by step details on how to start a project and gain collaboration among team members.

Highlights: What I liked!

The workshops are very useful approach to introduce newcomers to effective project management approach. These are great reference material for project managers to keep handy when starting a new project.  


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About the Reviewer

flag-usaNazanin-MehroozNazanin Mehrooz, PMP 

Nazanin Mehrooz studied software engineering and has worked in many industries (including defense and telecom).  Most recently, her focus has been on IT operations, project and program management. She is an active volunteer for the Dallas and Ft Worth, Texas chapters of the Project Management Institute (PMI®).  Email: [email protected]