This post courtesy of Anne Taylor-Vaisey: Baker DP, Salas E, King H, Battles
J, Barach P. The role of teamwork in the professional education of physicians: current status and assessment recommendations Patient Saf
BACKGROUND: The Institute of
professional education of physicians: current status and assessment
recommendations. Jt Comm J Qual
Patient Saf2005; 31(4):185-202.
Medicine (IOM) has recommended that organizations establish interdisciplinary
team training programs that incorporate proven methods for team management.
Teamwork can be assessed during physician medical education, board
certification, licensure, and continuing practice. Team members must possess
specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs), such as the ability to
exchange information, which enable individual team members to coordinate.
ASSESSING PHYSICIAN TEAMWORK: KSAs might be elicited and assessed across a
physic! ian's career, starting in medical school and continuing through
licensure and board certification. Professional bodies should be responsible for
the development of specific team knowledge and skill competencies and for
promoting specific team attitude competencies. Tools are available to assess
medical student, resident, and physician competence in these critical team KSAs.
CHALLENGES AND COMPLEXITIES IN TEAM PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT: For teamwork
skills to be assessed and have credibility, team performance measures must be
grounded in team theory, account for individual and team-level performance,
capture team process and outcomes, adhere to standards for reliability and
validity, and address real or perceived barriers to measurement.
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