WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Researchers for American Institutes
for Research (AIR) have won the prestigious 2007 M. Scott Myers Award for
Applied Research in the Workplace, given by the Society for Industrial and
Organizational Psychology (SIOP).
The award recognizes AIR's work in developing TeamSTEPPS (Team
Strategies and Tools to Enhance Patient Safety) in an effort to improve
patient safety and reduce medical errors. The work was conducted for the
federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the TRICARE
Management Activity of the Department of Defense.
The project developed an evidence-based team training program for
health care professionals to improve communication and coordination in an
effort to reduce medical error. The training program is now being published
by AHRQ as the federal standard for team training programs.
"Medical errors are increasing problems that all too often are caused
by human mistakes rather than technical malfunctions," said David Baker, an
AIR principal research scientist who has been leading the project. "The
TeamSTEPPS approach has produced impressive results that reverse this
The award will be presented at the 2007 SIOP Conference in New York in
April. It is given to researchers in recognition of a "project or product
representing an outstanding example of the practice of industrial and
organizational psychology in the workplace." In addition to Baker, members
of the AIR team include: Alexander Alonso, Rachel Day, Amy Holtzman, Laura
Steighner, and Catherine Porter.
Other team members include: Eduardo Salas, professor, University of
Central Florida; Heidi King, program manager, Healthcare Team Coordination
Program, Department of Defense, TriCARE Management Activity; James Battles,
senior research fellow, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; and
Paul Barach, associate professor, University of Miami School of Medicine.
The TeamSTEPPS program is a three-phased process aimed at creating a
culture of safety and teaching teamwork. The process includes a
pre-training assessment for site readiness, training for on-site trainers
and in-service personnel, and implementation and sustainment for all
In addition to developing core team skills, the program provides tools
and strategies to improve quality of care, increase team awareness, clarify
team roles and responsibilities, improve accuracy and resulting error
reduction, resolve conflicts, improve information sharing, and eliminate
barriers to quality and safety.
The TeamSTEPPS approach has met with great success in a variety of
settings. It has been implemented in more than 50 U.S. military treatment
facilities worldwide. It also has been put into practice at academic
institutions such as Harvard University's Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
and Duke University Health System's Pediatric Care Unit.
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the
American Institutes for Research (AIR) is an independent, nonpartisan,
not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science
research on important social issues and delivers technical assistance both
domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and
SOURCE American Institutes for Research