The time is ripe for team-based care
Abstract: There’s been a growing consensus in the medical community that teamwork is critical to patient care. This article describes the benefits, the training involved, and the qualities of the physicians who participate. However, this approach is so new to the health care industry that it requires outside input for its implementation. The article looks at the Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS®) program and the three phases a hospital should observe in rolling it out.