"How I Do It": Building Teams in Healthcare.

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Because teams can accomplish goals that individuals cannot, teams matter. Indeed, teams especially matter in settings like healthcare, where favorable outcomes depend critically on the contributions of many different people with diverse skills. As important as effective teambuilding is for healthcare, how to build teams is often not included in medical curricula and doctors learn to build teams by hidden curricula. In the context that we can do better, this "How I do it" presents an approach to building a team in a common scenario for the chest physician - picking up the inpatient Pulmonary Consult Service. The approach is informed by considering the attributes of an effective team, knowledge of common team dysfunctions, and best practices for building a team. The importance of teambuilding is underscored by substantial evidence that effective teamwork produces superior clinical outcomes.


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