TeamSTEPPS® Long-Term Care Version

The Long-Term Care version of TeamSTEPPS adapts the core concepts of the TeamSTEPPS program to reflect the environment of nursing homes and other other long-term care settings such as assisted living and continuing care retirement communities. The examples, discussions, and exercises below are tailored to the long-term care environment. Keys to success at each phase include involvement of the right people, use of information-driven decision making, and careful planning before acting. The following paragraphs provide an overview of each of the phases including goals and objectives, key actions, and recommended tools and resources.

 Overview

The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) have developed TeamSTEPPS, a teamwork system that offers a powerful solution to improving collaboration and communication within health care facilities. Teamwork has been found to be one of the key initiatives within patient safety that can transform the culture within health care. Patient safety experts agree that communication and other teamwork skills are essential for the provision of quality health care and for the prevention and mitigation of medical errors and of patient injury and harm. This version of TeamSTEPPS has been adapted to address isssues specific to nursing homes.

TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based program aimed at optimizing performance among teams of health care professionals, enabling them to respond quickly and effectively to whatever situations arise. This curriculum was developed by a panel of experts, incorporating over 25 years of scientific research that has been conducted on teams and team performance.

The TeamSTEPPS Instructor Guide is designed to help you develop and deploy a customized plan to train your staff in teamwork skills and lead a teamwork improvement initiative in your nursing home from initial concept development through to sustainment of positive changes. Comprehensive curricula and instructional guides include short case studies and videos illustrating teamwork opportunities and successes. Supporting materials include a pocket guide (the Essentials Course), DVD, and evaluation tools. Instructor and Trainer workshop materials focus on change management, coaching, and implementation.

Note: some html  and video files are currently unavailable in our new format. Go to our legacy site to view the prior format of the TeamSTEPPS® Long-Term Care Version: http://www.ahrq.gov/legacy/teamsteppstools/longtermcare/.

 

Instructor Guide

The Instructor Guide consists of two main components:

Introductory Material

Additional Materials

Download Long-Term Care files for local use.

 

Fundamentals

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Team Structure

Module 3: Leadership

Module 4: Situation Monitoring

Module 5: Mutual Support

Module 6: Communication

Module 7: Summary—Putting it All Together

Module 8: Change Management

Module 9: Coaching Workshop

Module 10: Implementation Workshop

Module 11: Practice Teaching Session

Supplemental Module

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Current as of October 2012
Internet Citation: TeamSTEPPS® Long-Term Care Version. October 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/education/curriculum-tools/teamstepps/longtermcare/index.html