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Huang LC, Conley D, Lipsitz S
The Surgical Safety Checklist and teamwork coaching tools: a study of inter-rater reliability.
The authors assessed the inter-rater reliability (IRR) of two novel observation tools for measuring surgical safety checklist performance and teamwork. They found that both the Checklist Coaching Tool and the Surgical Teamwork Tool demonstrated substantial IRR and required limited training to use, indicating that both instruments may be used to observe checklist performance and teamwork in the operating room. They recommended that further refinement and calibration of observer expectations, particularly in rating teamwork, could improve the utility of the tools.
Citation: Huang LC, Conley D, Lipsitz S . The Surgical Safety Checklist and teamwork coaching tools: a study of inter-rater reliability. BMJ Qual Saf 2014 Aug;23(8):639-50. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2013-002446.
Keywords: Patient Safety, Surgery, Tools & Toolkits, Teams, Adverse Events, Medical Errors, Prevention