Effective teams can improve care at the level of the organization, the team, the individual team member, and the patient.
The benefits of effective teamwork are described in the table below (Being an Effective Team Player, 2020).
|Organizational benefits||Team benefits||Patient benefits||Benefits to team members|
|Reduced time and costs of improved hospitalization||Improved coordination of care||Enhanced satisfaction with care||Enhanced job satisfaction|
|Reduction in unexpected admissions||Efficient use of health-care services||Acceptance of treatment||Greater role clarity|
|Greater patient accessibility to services||Enhanced communication and professional diversity||
Improved health outcomes and quality of care
Reduced medical errors
Effective teamwork as described previously reduces adverse events and improves patient safety and outcomes. It is a proactive approach that reduces risk and mitigates harm through adaptability and resilience. It benefits the patient first and foremost as well as the team and the organization.
Authored by Cindy Ebner, MSN, RN, CPHRM, FASHRM
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