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Air Med J. 2000 Oct-Dec;19(4):137-9.

Does crew resource management training work?

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LIFE STAR, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Conn., USA.



Effective crew resource management (CRM) may play a major role in decreasing the number of accidents and increasing overall safety of air medical programs. The purpose of the study was to compare the responses of crew members, in a variety of situations, who received CRM training and those who did not. The numerical results of the responses were used to evaluate the effectiveness of CRM in increasing crew awareness and promoting team concepts.


During a 12-month period, crew members of randomly selected air medical programs (fixed- and rotor-wing) were surveyed by questionnaire. Participants were asked if they had received CRM, effective communication, and team-building training. The next 15 questions pertained to crew interaction/communication in everyday and emergent situations and were scored on a Likert scale (1 = strongly agree and 5 = strongly disagree). A lower total score indicated a greater understanding of team awareness and effective communication.


The mean score of crew members who received the three identified areas of training (initial CRM, team-building, effective communications) (37.96, SD +/- 7.67) was found to be significantly lower than the mean score of those who had received none of the training (44.13, SD +/- 5.0) and P < .05.


Based on the results, CRM training increases crew awareness and promotes team concepts in both everyday and emergent situations.

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