The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Department of Defense (DoD) have developed TeamSTEPPS®, a teamwork system that offers a powerful solution to improving collaboration and communication within your institution. 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 to the delivery of quality health care and to preventing and mitigating medical errors and patient injury and harm.
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 more than 25 years of scientific research that has been conducted on teams and team performance.
- TeamSTEPPS Overview (Video)
The TeamSTEPPS 2.0 Core Curriculum consists of three main components:
AHRQ no longer offers Master Trainer Certificates or continuing education credits for the 2.0 Core Curriculum course. An alternative version of TeamSTEPPS 2.0 is available for self-paced learning.
Individuals and groups who would prefer in-person training can search the web for "TeamSTEPPS training" to identify private sector organizations offering training. These organizations may charge a fee. AHRQ does not recommend or endorse any training sessions and does not receive any compensation (e.g., royalties, commissions) related to fees these organizations may charge.