Crew resource management in healthcare: the evolution of teamwork training and MedTeams

J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2008 Apr-Jun;22(2):96-104. doi: 10.1097/01.JPN.0000319095.59673.6c.


The crew resource management training program was developed by the aviation industry in response to critical and fatal errors by the flight team. This article examines the evolution and application of crew resource management to the healthcare industry. The goal of this evolution was to increase patient safety through better communication and teamwork. To accomplish this goal, teamwork training programs, such as MedTeams, are being introduced to healthcare professionals. Clinical studies have yet to show conclusive results of these training programs. Further studies are ongoing and necessary.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training / methods*
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control*
  • Obstetric Nursing / education
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Patient Simulation
  • Pregnancy
  • Safety Management / methods*
  • United States