Team science and critical care

Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011 Jul 1;184(1):17-25. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201101-0185CI. Epub 2011 Mar 18.


Because critical care is administered by multidisciplinary teams, it is plausible that behavioral methods to enhance team performance may impact the quality and outcomes of care. This review highlights the social and behavioral scientific principles of team building and briefly reviews four features of teams--leadership, psychological safety, transactive memory, and accountability--that are germane to critical care teams. The article highlights how team principles might be used to improve patient care and navigate hospital hierarchies, and concludes with implications for future educational and scientific efforts.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Critical Care*
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units*
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Culture
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Social Responsibility