UNMET NEEDS: Teaching Physicians to Provide Safe Patient Care, from the National Patient Safety Foundation
This report by the National Patient Safety Foundation describes the consensus achieved regarding the current state of medical education, what medical education should ideally become, and what strategies should be used to leverage desired changes in medical education.
Medical Teamwork and Patient Safety: The Evidence-based Relation
This report extends and updates the Pizzi et al. review and contends that the training of health care providers as teams constitutes a pragmatic, effective strategy for enhancing patient safety and reducing medical errors.
The report is comprised of six substantive sections. The first reviews the recent patient safety initiatives and associated recommendations, many of which point to the need for improved teamwork in the delivery of health care. The second section reviews the key characteristics of a team and discusses the principles that underlie successful teamwork and effective team training.
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TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based teamwork system aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. It includes a comprehensive set of ready-to-use materials and a training curriculum to successfully integrate teamwork principles into any health care system.
TeamSTEPPS® Instructor Guide
The TeamSTEPPS Instructor Guide is designed to help you develop and deploy a customized plan to train your staff in teamwork skills and lead a medical teamwork improvement initiative in your organization from initial concept development through to sustainment of positive changes. Comprehensive curricula and instructional guides include short case studies and videos illustrating teamwork opportunities and successes. Supporting materials include a pocket guide (the Essentials Course), CD-ROM and DVD, and evaluation tools. Instructor and Trainer workshop materials focus on change management, coaching, and implementation.
TeamSTEPPS® Fundamentals Course