Fostering a culture of safety and patient care through multi-disciplinary team briefings: A pilot study

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Background. The perioperative work context is dynamic, complex, and involves multi-disciplinary teams working together to deliver high-quality patient care. Such a context places high demands on individuals to proactively monitor their environment, actively seek feedback, and speak-up - all of which contribute to optimal team functioning. Additionally, perceived hierarchical differences and ambiguous team goals can also add to the complexity of the perioperative work context and undermine individual and team functioning. Multi-disciplinary team briefings (MDTB) are one tool that teams can use to enhance individual and team performance as well as patient care.
Purpose. Examine the relationship between MDTB and effective teamwork behaviours and high-quality patient care indicators.
Methodology. Cross-sectional survey of 46 registered nurses from short-stay surgical units across Western Australia.
Main Findings. MDTB were positively associated with indicators of effective teamwork including proactive performance monitoring, feedback seeking, and speaking-up, and negatively correlated to silence. MDTBs were also negatively correlated to perceived hierarchical differences and positively correlated to team goal clarity. MDTB were positively correlated with indicators of high-quality patient care and negatively correlated to reported complications.
Conclusions. MDTB are positively associated with indicators of enhanced teamwork and high-quality patient care.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Health, Safety and Environment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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