Anaesthetists' attitudes to teamwork and safety

Anaesthesia. 2003 Mar;58(3):233-42. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2044.2003.03039.x.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia / adverse effects*
  • Anesthesiology*
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Leadership
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control
  • Organizational Culture
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Professional Competence
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*