Building high performance surgical teams: Theoretical and practical considerations for team consistency

Yan Xiao, Susan Hallbeck, Renaldo Blocker, Sarah Parker

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Abstract

Surgical team members are typically defined by professional roles. In many surgical teams, membership changes as staffing decisions are subject to considerations other than keeping surgical teams consistent. These considerations may include staffing patterns on the day of surgery and at the time of a surgical case. Teamwork skill training and safety culture have been emphasized, although much is known about the contribution to team performance from team consistency. We review the literature on cognitive and psychosocial benefits of consistent surgical teams. Although empirical evidence base for consistent surgical teams is lacking, we believe that the theoretical justifications may lay the groundwork for future research on the impact of deliberate staffing decisions by organizations, to complement the current emphasis on individual teamwork knowledge, skills and attitude. We also outline some of barriers based on our experience in our respective healthcare organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
PublisherHuman Factors an Ergonomics Society Inc.
Pages748-752
Number of pages5
Volume2014-January
ISBN (Print)9780945289456
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Event58th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2014 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Oct 27 2014Oct 31 2014

Other

Other58th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2014
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period10/27/1410/31/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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    Xiao, Y., Hallbeck, S., Blocker, R., & Parker, S. (2014). Building high performance surgical teams: Theoretical and practical considerations for team consistency. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (Vol. 2014-January, pp. 748-752). Human Factors an Ergonomics Society Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1177/1541931214581136