Effective communication and teamwork promotes patient safety
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Effective communication and teamwork promotes patient safety

Heather Gluyas Associate professor, School of Health Professions, Murdoch University, Mandurah, Western Australia

Teamwork requires co-operation, co-ordination and communication between members of a team to achieve desired outcomes. In industries with a high degree of risk, such as health care, effective teamwork has been shown to achieve team goals successfully and efficiently, with fewer errors. This article introduces behaviours that support communication, co-operation and co-ordination in teams. The central role of communication in enabling co-operation and co-ordination is explored. A human factors perspective is used to examine tools to improve communication and identify barriers to effective team communication in health care.

Nursing Standard. 29, 49,50-57. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.49.50.e10042

Correspondence

heather.gluyas@gmail.com

Peer review

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Received: 15 March 2015

Accepted: 14 May 2015