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What is TeamSTEPPS®

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) defines TeamSTEPPS as a teamwork system designed for health care professionals that is:

  • A powerful solution to improving patient safety within your organization.
  • An evidence-based teamwork system to improve communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals.
  • A source for ready-to-use materials and a training curriculum to successfully integrate teamwork principles into all areas of your health care system.
  • Scientifically rooted in more than 20 years of research and lessons from the application of teamwork principles.
  • Developed by Department of Defense's Patient Safety Program in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

TeamSTEPPS provides higher quality, safer patient care by:

  • Producing highly effective medical teams that optimize the use of information, people, and resources to achieve the best clinical outcomes for patients.
  • Increasing team awareness and clarifying team roles and responsibilities.
  • Resolving conflicts and improving information sharing.
  • Eliminating barriers to quality and safety.

TeamSTEPPS has a three-phased process aimed at creating and sustaining a culture of safety with:

  • A pretraining assessment for site readiness.
  • Training for onsite trainers and health care staff.
  • Implementation and sustainment.

The TeamSTEPPS curriculum is an easy-to-use comprehensive multimedia kit that contains:

  • Fundamentals modules in text and presentation format.
  • A pocket guide that corresponds with the essentials version of the course.
  • Video vignettes to illustrate key concepts.
  • Workshop materials, including a supporting CD and DVD, on change management, coaching, and implementation.


All TeamSTEPPS® information is provided from the AHRQ website.

Internet Citation: TeamSTEPPS® 2.0. Content last updated April 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.