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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article

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

Weller J, Boyd M, Cumin D. Postgraduate medical journal. 2014;90:149-54.

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.