Anaesthetists' attitudes to teamwork and safety

Rhona Flin, A. Sutherland, Rona Elizabeth Patey, Georgina Fletcher, Peter McGeorge

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Abstract

A questionnaire survey was conducted with 222 anaesthetists from 11 Scottish hospitals to measure their attitudes towards human and organisational factors that can have an impact on effective team performance and consequently on patient safety. A customised version of the Operating Room Management Attitude Questionnaire (ORMAQ) was used. This measures attitudes to leadership, communication, teamwork, stress and fatigue, work values, human error and organisational climate. The respondents generally demonstrated positive attitudes towards the interpersonal aspects of their work, such as team behaviours and they recognised the importance of communication skills, such as assertiveness. However, the results suggest that some, anaesthetists do not fully appreciate the debilitating effects of stress and fatigue on performance. Their responses were comparable with (and slightly more favourable than) those reported in previous ORMAQ surveys of anaesthetists and surgeons in other countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-242
Number of pages9
JournalAnaesthesia
Volume58
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Keywords

  • anaesthestists, attitudes, safety, human error, teamwork
  • ADVERSE EVENTS
  • ANESTHESIA
  • WORK
  • ANESTHETISTS
  • INCIDENTS
  • MISHAPS
  • CLIMATE

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