We’ve long been advocates of teamwork training programs and programs that call upon lessons learned in the aviation industry, particularly those related to crew resource management (CRM). However, most studies looking at CRM training have looked only at short-term outcomes. Now a new study (Sax et al 2009) has demonstrated improved outcomes that have been sustained over the long run. Outcomes included increased use of preoperative checklists, increased self reporting, more reporting of near misses and environmental conditions, and several measures indicative of a culture of safety.
Sax HC, Browne P, Mayewski RJ, et al. Can Aviation-Based Team Training Elicit Sustainable Behavioral Change? Arch Surg. 2009; 144(12):1133-1137