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Journal Article

The impact of power on health care team performance and patient safety: a review of the literature.

Stevens EL, Hulme A, Salmon PM. Ergonomics. 2021;Epub Mar 30.

Power dynamics can influence effective team performance and patient safety. This systematic review examined the influence of actual or perceived ‘power’ on teamwork within multidisciplinary healthcare settings. Findings indicate that power imbalances can result in negative effects on team collaboration, decision-making, communication, and performance. An April 2020 WebM&M commentary discusses the effect of power dynamics on interprofessional healthcare teams.