MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. Susan Moffatt-Bruce, MD PhD
Associate professor of surgery and assistant professor of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: Crew Resource Management (CRM), a training for all health care providers, including doctors, nurses, staff and students, focusing on team communication, leadership, and decision-making practices, was implemented throughout a large academic health system – across eight departments spanning three hospitals and two campuses. All those in the health system, inclusive of those that took the training, took a survey measuring perceptions of workplace patient safety culture both before CRM implementation and about 2 years after. Safety culture was significantly improved after Crew Resource Management training, with the strongest effects in participant perception of teamwork and communication. This study was the first health-system wide CRM implementation reported in the literature.