In September 2007, UNC Health Care was awarded a two-year contract with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) called TeamSTEPPS™ Adoption in ACTION designed to implement and measure the effectiveness of TeamSTEPPS™. The Pediatric and Surgical ICUs implemented TeamSTEPPS™ through training of faculty, residents, and staff. Observations of teamwork have shown sustained improvements in non-technical skills. Since implementation in the pilot areas, TeamSTEPPS™ has spread to more than 18 clinical areas. For a detailed timeline, see UNC HCS History of TeamSTEPPS™.
TeamSTEPPS™ is an evidence-based teamwork system aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and other teamwork skills among health care professionals. It includes a comprehensive set of ready to-use materials and training curricula necessary to integrate teamwork principles successfully into the health care system. TeamSTEPPS™ was developed by the Department of Defense Patient Safety Program, in collaboration with AHRQ. To learn more about AHRQ's National Implementation Project and order training materials, visit their web site.