Benefits Of Effective Teams Within Healthcare

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It is critical for employees in the healthcare industry to work collaboratively across disciplines to meet the needs of patients. Fewster-Thuente (2015) state that ineffective collaboration between providers and nurses account for roughly 70% of major medical errors. Therefore, it is critical for disciplines to work collaboratively to prevent fragmentation of care and provide positive patient outcomes (Fewster-Thuente, 2015; Havens, Vasey, Gittell & Lin, 2010). Buchbinder and Shanks (2012) state that the benefits of effective teams within healthcare include coordination of care, efficient use of healthcare services, increased productivity, increased trust among team members, increased job satisfaction, and higher patient satisfaction.
Ezziane et al. (2012) described five core components of teamwork that include team leadership, mutual performance monitoring, backup behavior, adaptability, and team orientation. High-performing teams use these elements to develop a culture for ‘‘speaking up,’’ and situational awareness among team members. Situational awareness refers to a person’s perception and understanding of their dynamic environment, and human errors often result from a lack of such awareness (Ezziane et al., 2012). These teamwork constructs provide the foundational basis for understanding how hospitals can identify teamwork challenges, assess team performance, and design effective interventions.
Benefits of teams include sharing different ideas and…
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