Improving Teamwork in Healthcare: Current Approaches and the Path Forward


 
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English

Author:

Thomas EJ

Series/Journal Title:

BMJ Quality & Safety

Volume:

20

Issue:

8

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Teams are larger and more dispersed in time and space, and there are now many more types of teams. They vary from teams whose members repeatedly work together over many years (eg, highly specialised cardiac surgery teams) to teams that are formed quickly and temporarily to resuscitate a patient. Teams are also formed for quality improvement (QI) projects, and they may work together for a few months or a few years. Unfortunately, education for healthcare professionals in most parts of the world still assumes that healthcare teams are like those during my grandfather’s time. Professional school and continuing education curricula have not been updated to teach the skills needed to work effectively in these varied teams. [from introduction]

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