Journal Article
Review

Teams, tribes and patient safety: overcoming barriers to effective teamwork in healthcare.

Weller J; Boyd M; Cumin D.

Teamwork in health care has been embraced as a key element of patient safety. This review analyzes the evidence on barriers to building the processes needed to augment teamwork, such as shared mental models and closed-loop communication. The authors outline a seven-step plan to address these barriers using educational, psychological, and organizational methods for improving communication.