• Commentary
  • Published April 2019

The rise of human factors: optimising performance of individuals and teams to improve patients' outcomes.

Nontechnical skills, such as teamwork, communication, and leadership, are essential human-centered components of safe surgical practice. This commentary discusses contextual characteristics needed to support nontechnical skill development to improve health care outcomes. The authors recommend a cultural shift away from focusing on technical performance to one that incorporates training in nontechnical skills.

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