Teamwork for Clinical Emergencies: Interprofessional Focus Group Analysis with and Triangualtion with Simulation

TitleTeamwork for Clinical Emergencies: Interprofessional Focus Group Analysis with and Triangualtion with Simulation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBristowe, K, Siassakos, D, Hambly, H, Angouri, J, Yelland, A, Draycott, T, Fox, R
JournalQualitative Health Research
Abstract

Our purpose was to investigate health care professionals’ beliefs about effective teamwork in medical emergencies
based on their experiences. We used framework analysis of interprofessional focus groups in four secondary and tertiary
maternity units. The participants were randomly selected senior and junior doctors, senior and junior midwives, and
health care assistants, in five groups of 5 to 7 participants each. We found that optimal teamwork was perceived to be
dependent on good leadership and availability of experienced staff. The participants described a good leader as one who
verbally declares being the leader, communicates clear objectives, and allocates critical tasks, including communication
with patients or their family, to suitable individual members. We triangulated the results with evidence from simulation
to identify convergent findings and issues requiring further research. The findings will inform the development of
teaching programs for medical teams who manage emergencies to improve patient safety and experience.

Keywordscommunication, decision making, emergency care, focus groups, mothers, qualitative, teamwork
DOI10.1177/1049732312451874