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Meeting/Conference > Maryland Meeting/Conference
Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. November 5-6, 2019; Constellation Energy Building, Baltimore, MD.
Tools/Toolkit > Government Resource
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Rockville, MD.
Tools/Toolkit > Multi-use Website
Washington, DC: Department of Defense. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2016.
Effective teamwork plays an essential role in providing safe patient care. The Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) program was developed in collaboration by the United States Department of Defense and AHRQ in order to support effective communication and teamwork in health care. This updated version of the widely implemented program provides new tools to measure its impact, supports increased emphasis on the role of effective communication in team training, and includes a new course management guide. Teamwork training programs have been shown to improve knowledge and attitudes, but have received mixed reviews on their effectiveness in changing behaviors. An AHRQ WebM&M commentary discussed how improved teamwork and shared decision-making might have prevented the unnecessary placement of a peripherally inserted central catheter that led to significant complications.
Journal Article > Review
Weaver SJ, Lubomski LH, Wilson RF, Pfoh ER, Martinez KA, Dy SM. Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(5 Pt 2):369-374.
This systematic review—part of the AHRQ Making Health Care Safer II report—found some evidence that interventions, such as teamwork training, executive walk rounds, and structured communications approaches, can improve safety culture, especially when bundled together as a multicomponent intervention.
Web Resource > Multi-use Website
Center for Perioperative Research in Quality, Vanderbilt University.
This AHRQ-funded project supports interprofessional communications training for post-anesthesia care unit teams and targets nurse handoff improvements.
Journal Article > Commentary
Clancy CM, Tornberg DN. Am J Med Qual. 2007;22:214-217.
The authors discuss the TeamSTEPPS training program—a collaboration of the US Department of Defense and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to enhance patient safety through improved teamwork.