Inter professional Relationships Issues among Iranian Nurses and Physicians: A Qualitative Study

Samaneh Nakhaee, Ahmad Nasiri


Introduction: Nurse–physician inter‑professional relationship is an important issue in health care system that can affect job satisfaction and patient care quality. The present study explores the major issues of nurse–physician inter‑professional relationships in Iran.

Materials and Methods: In this in‑depth qualitative content analysis study conducted in 2014, 12 participants (5 physicians and 7 nurses) were recruited from two educational hospitals. The data were collected from deep, open, and unstructured interviews, and analyzed based on content analysis.

 Results: The participants in this study included 12 individuals, 6 females and 6 males, with the age ranging 27–48 years and tenure ranging 4–17 years. Four themes were identified, namely, divergent attitudes, uneven distribution of power, mutual trust destructors, and prudence imposed on nurses.

 Conclusions: The results revealed some major inter‑professional issues and challenges in nurse–physician relationships, some of which are context‑specific whereas others should be regarded as universal. It is through a deep knowledge of these issues that nurses and physicians can establish better collaborative inter‑professional relationships.


Inter-professional relations, Iran, nurses, physicians, qualitative research

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