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The Relationship Between Teamwork and Patient Safety

  • Sallie J. Weaver
  • Lauren E. Benishek
  • Ira Leeds
  • Elizabeth C. Wick
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Abstract

Effective teamwork and communication are central to successful, timely surgical care that is safe, of high quality, and patient centered. Effective teaming in the operating room and across the perioperative care continuum is related to clinical patient outcomes, patient perceptions of their care experience, care costs, and provider outcomes like burnout and job satisfaction. This chapter synthesizes core definitions of teams and teamwork, describes core models of team performance, presents practical principles for effective teaming, and highlights current evidence concerning interventions designed to develop and support effective teaming in surgery.

Keywords

Patient care team Teamwork Communication Interdisciplinary team Crew resource management Patient safety Quality improvement 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sallie J. Weaver
    • 1
  • Lauren E. Benishek
    • 1
  • Ira Leeds
    • 2
  • Elizabeth C. Wick
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care MedicineArmstrong Institute for Patient Safety & Quality, Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and The Johns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA

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