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Being an effective team member will have an immediate positive impact on the quality and safety of patient care. This module presents the underlying knowledge required to become an effective team member. However, knowledge alone will not make you a good team player. You also need to understand the culture of your organization and how it impacts on team functioning. This module identifies the performance requirements for each member of the team. Strategies to achieve timely and accurate communication are presented in a format developed by TeamSTEPPS. This is one approach that may be chosen to better structure teamwork.

This module will teach you about:

  • The characteristics of effective teams;
  • The different types of teams; and
  • The strategies used to overcome teamwork barriers and achieve successful outcomes. 

Learning Objectives include:

  • Describe teamwork principles to promote effective healthcare; and
  • Describe the importance of team and personal accountability as a team member.

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This document was revised in September 2017.

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