Implementing TeamSTEPPS

TeamSTEPPS: Team Strategies & Tools to Enhance Performance & Patient Safety

TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based teamwork system developed by the Department of Defense Safety Patient Program and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. TeamSTEPPS is being implemented by healthcare professionals throughout the United States and internationally to:

TeamSTEPPS is designed to be implemented in three phases:

A focus on implementation (managing culture change) and sustainment are key to the success of TeamSTEPPS.  The UNMC Patient Safety Team conducts research to evaluate the impact of TeamSTEPPS on hospital safety culture and identify those factors that contribute to implementation success and failure. Our paper,  A theory-driven longitudinal evaluation of the impact of team training on safety culture in 24 hospitals, was recently published in BMJ Quality Safety.

We can assist hospitals in each phase of implementation by:

Information about the National Implementation of TeamSTEPPS is available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.