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TeamSTEPPS – A Teamwork Training System for Health Care Professionals

August 23, 2014

An experienced clinician, consultant, researcher, and medical educator, Dr. Paul Barach’s current academic appointments include positions at the University of Stavanger and Oslo, in Norway and University College Cork in Ireland. Focused on patient-centered care, quality improvement, and team training, Dr. Paul Barach played a lead role in developing the TeamSTEPPS healthcare training program.

Based on more than two decades of research, TeamSTEPPS is a teamwork system that seeks to enhance patient care by improving the communication skills and collaborative abilities of health care professionals. The program was designed by the Department of Defense’s Patient Safety Program with the help of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and is currently being implemented at medical centers throughout the United States and in several countries overseas.

Administered in three phases, the award-winning TeamSTEPPS program utilizes a comprehensive training curriculum and ready-to-use materials that can be adapted to fit all medical organizations. The program promotes high-quality patient care by helping to produce medical teams with the ability to resolve conflicts effectively, properly share information, and fully understand each team member’s role and responsibilities.

From → Paul Barach, Training

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