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Principles of Successful Medical Teamwork Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Principles of Successful Teamwork and Team Competencies

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


The eight principles of successful interd­isc­ipl­inary teamwork with proposed team commit­ments are:
Adapted from Rush University Medical Center, Geriatric Interd­isc­ipl­inary Team Training Program,.

1. Explicitly Stated Team Goals

The team should have explicitly stated team goals.
Each team member will be able to state the team’s purpose and goals.
All team members will have the support unity to partic­ipate in annual strategic planning process.

2. Patient & Family at the Center

The patient and family are at the center of all team activities and are active team members
Patien­t/f­amily health care goals will be explicitly discussed at all individual care plan confer­ences.
Patien­ts/­family member­s/c­are­givers may be invited to partic­ipate in care planning.
Care plans are discussed with patien­ts/­fam­ilies

3. Profes­sional Roles Defined

Profes­sional roles must be clearly defined and unders­tood.
All team members will have a role definition and this will be shared with team members.
Team members will understand their role in individual care plans.
Focused discus­sions will be held among team members where roles overlap.

4. All Team Member Contribute

All team members should contribute to team function through constr­uctive individual behaviors, including leader­ship.
Team members will understand their own and other team member’s commun­ication styles.
All team members will understand the indica­tions for using specific team behaviors
All team members will partic­ipate as facili­tators for team meetings.


5. Effective Team Commun­ica­tions

There must be effective team commun­ication across all work settings.
All team members will be trained in effective clinic­ian­-pa­tient commun­ica­tion.
Team members will understand their personal commun­ication style under stress.

6. Have Necessary Tools & Strategies

The team must have tools or strategies for the effective management of conflict.
All team members will be trained in conflict manage­ment.

7. Explicit Rules of Decision Making

The team should have explicit rules about partic­ipation and decision making.
Decisions will be made by “conse­nsus” whenever possible.
Team members will identify when a vote might be needed.
When decisions are being discussed, all team members will have the opport­unity to provide their opinion.
Ground rules will be establ­ished.
Team members will be knowle­dgeable of other group process techniques to ensure balanced partic­ipa­tion.

8. Team Must Be Adaptable

The team must be adaptable, responding to new challenges and conditions as they develop over time.
The team is committed to trying new approaches to establ­ished problems.