Communication and Teamwork Training in Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Christopher G. GoodierEmail author
  • Bethany Crandell Goodier
Part of the Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation book series (CHS)


Patient safety has been a priority since the Institute of Medicine released a landmark report in 1999 recognizing the problem, laying out a comprehensive strategy to better understand why errors occur and encouraging healthcare organizations to implement systems to reduce error and improve outcomes. Multidisciplinary care through teamwork and communication are critical components for delivering safe and effective healthcare. Traditional approaches to healthcare education were felt to be barriers to improving safety; thus it was recommended that healthcare organizations implement teamwork training programs to move from self-sufficiency and individual responsibility to building trust around a shared goal. Simulation adds the opportunity to identify a shared frame of reference by building a shared mental model that can be practiced in a low-stakes environment. An organizational commitment to building a culture of teamwork is essential to a successful transition to a team-based approach to patient care.


Teamwork Communication Interdisciplinary teams Patient safety Training Obstetrics and gynecology Simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher G. Goodier
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bethany Crandell Goodier
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Maternal Fetal MedicineMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  2. 2.Department of CommunicationCollege of CharlestonCharlestonUSA

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