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J Healthc Risk Manag. 2001 Fall;21(4):57-65.

Enhancing patient safety through teamwork training.

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MSN Dynamics Research Corp., Andover, MA, USA.

Abstract

The effective reduction of medical errors depends on an environment of safety for patients in both clinically-based and systems-oriented arenas. Formal teamwork training is proposed as a systems approach that will achieve these ends. In a study conducted by Dynamics Research Corporation, weaknesses and error patterns in Emergency Department teamwork were assessed, and a prospective evaluation of a formal teamwork training intervention was conducted. Improvements were obtained in five key teamwork measures, and most importantly, clinical errors were significantly reduced.

PMID:
11729499
DOI:
10.1002/jhrm.5600210410
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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