Saturday, July 14, 2007
This presentation is part of : Staying on the Other Side of the Chasm: Sustaining the Success of EBP Efforts
Building High Reliability Interdisciplinary Teams to Advance EBP
Cheryl Holly, EdD, RN, School of Nursing, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ, USA

A team consists of two or more individuals, who have specific roles, perform interdependent tasks, are adaptable, and share common goals. To work effectively together, team members must possess specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, technicians, and other health professionals must coordinate their activities to deliver safe and efficient patient care. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the work and the necessity of cooperation among the workers who perform it, teamwork is critical for ensuring patient safety. Teams make fewer mistakes than do individuals.  This presentation addresses the body of evidence on effective team building and team leadership to sustain innovation.