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Teamwork and communication in surgical teams: implications for patient safety.
J Am Coll Surg. 2008 Jan; 206(1):107-12.JA

Abstract

BACKGROUND

As part of a national program in the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve communication within the health-care environment, the Medical Team Training questionnaire was developed to assess organizational culture, communication, teamwork, and awareness of human factors engineering principles.

STUDY DESIGN

The Medical Team Training questionnaire was pilot tested with 300 health-care clinicians. The final version of the Medical Team Training questionnaire was administered to an interdisciplinary group of 384 surgical staff members in 6 facilities as part of the Medical Team Training pilot project in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

RESULTS

The results revealed a pattern of discrepancies among physicians and nurses in which surgeons perceive a stronger organizational culture of safety, better communication, and better teamwork than either nurses or anesthesiologists do.

CONCLUSIONS

The Medical Team Training questionnaire was helpful in identifying hidden problems with communication before formal team training learning sessions, and it will be useful in focusing efforts to improve communication and teamwork in the operating room.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Field Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Patient Safety, White River Junction, VT 05009, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Multicenter Study
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18155575

Citation

Mills, Peter, et al. "Teamwork and Communication in Surgical Teams: Implications for Patient Safety." Journal of the American College of Surgeons, vol. 206, no. 1, 2008, pp. 107-12.
Mills P, Neily J, Dunn E. Teamwork and communication in surgical teams: implications for patient safety. J Am Coll Surg. 2008;206(1):107-12.
Mills, P., Neily, J., & Dunn, E. (2008). Teamwork and communication in surgical teams: implications for patient safety. Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 206(1), 107-12.
Mills P, Neily J, Dunn E. Teamwork and Communication in Surgical Teams: Implications for Patient Safety. J Am Coll Surg. 2008;206(1):107-12. PubMed PMID: 18155575.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Teamwork and communication in surgical teams: implications for patient safety. AU - Mills,Peter, AU - Neily,Julia, AU - Dunn,Ed, Y1 - 2007/09/17/ PY - 2007/05/02/received PY - 2007/05/31/revised PY - 2007/06/06/accepted PY - 2007/12/25/pubmed PY - 2008/1/9/medline PY - 2007/12/25/entrez SP - 107 EP - 12 JF - Journal of the American College of Surgeons JO - J Am Coll Surg VL - 206 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: As part of a national program in the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve communication within the health-care environment, the Medical Team Training questionnaire was developed to assess organizational culture, communication, teamwork, and awareness of human factors engineering principles. STUDY DESIGN: The Medical Team Training questionnaire was pilot tested with 300 health-care clinicians. The final version of the Medical Team Training questionnaire was administered to an interdisciplinary group of 384 surgical staff members in 6 facilities as part of the Medical Team Training pilot project in the Department of Veterans Affairs. RESULTS: The results revealed a pattern of discrepancies among physicians and nurses in which surgeons perceive a stronger organizational culture of safety, better communication, and better teamwork than either nurses or anesthesiologists do. CONCLUSIONS: The Medical Team Training questionnaire was helpful in identifying hidden problems with communication before formal team training learning sessions, and it will be useful in focusing efforts to improve communication and teamwork in the operating room. SN - 1879-1190 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18155575/Teamwork_and_communication_in_surgical_teams:_implications_for_patient_safety_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -