Recent research shows that the challenges to patient safety are mostly organizational not just clinical. Based on systematic incident analyses in healthcare, teamwork has been identified as a key area of patient safety interventions with human factors research - such as the research program of the SNSF funded professorship “Teamwork in acute patient care: How team processes and clinicians’ perceptions of teamwork affect patient safety” - being integral to achieving this goal.
Research in high-risk industries such as aviation shows that a performance critical feature of effective teamwork is coordination and that high performing teams adapt their coordination patterns to changing task requirements (e.g. in case of emergencies). In order to improve the teamwork of the overall operating room team, measures to assess adaptive coordination in anesthesia and surgical crews need to be developed and then used in concert for future research and training development.
The first two projects of this research program aim at identifying coordination processes that support high clinical performance. Both projects will help to identify performance critical aspects of coordination and feed into in medical education and training.
The third project focuses on aspects of organizational climate such as clinicians' perceptions of teamwork that form the foundation on which team processes are enacted. The results of this project will feed into practical recommendations for management approaches that consider staff well-being and patient safety as synergistic outcomes
Other Research Projects of the IPHF Group
Research Projects in Collaboration with other Universities