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Teamwork, Communication and Care Transitions Projects

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Below is a selection of our current and past projects around improving teamwork, communication and care transitions.

Developing and Validating Sensor-based Measurement Strategies for Team Member Selection

Project Dates: Dec. 1, 2016–Nov. 30, 2019
We are helping NASA develop a process for selecting individuals and teams for long-duration space missions to Mars. These selection tools will be developed by studying surgical and critical care residents, whose highly driven nature and stressful, dynamic work conditions have much in common with space travelers. Funded by NASA.
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Care Transitions and Teamwork in Pediatric Trauma: Implications for HIT Design

Project Dates: July 1, 2015–April 30, 2020
As health information technology has spread, it has made health care more fragmented and led to challenges coordinating care among team members. Focusing on transitions of care for pediatric trauma patients, this project seeks to design usable and useful health information technologies that support better teamwork and high-quality care transitions. Funded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
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Medication Safety During Transitions from Hospital to Home for Elderly Patients

Project Dates:Sept. 30, 2015–Sept. 29, 2018
The transition from hospital to home is a period of heightened risk for medication errors, especially for the elderly. We are developing risk-informed tools to help inpatient, transitional and outpatient care providers to effectively engage and support patients to improve safety. Funded by AHRQ.
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Older Adult Safety While Receiving Home Health Services after Hospital Discharge

Project Dates: April 1, 2014–March 31, 2019
Elderly patients who require skilled home health care (SHHC) services after hospital discharge frequently experience errors, and they are among those at highest risk of hospital readmissions. The study uses human-factors methods to develop an index to be used by SHHC agencies in real time to identify and reduce potential risks to older adults’ safety during these transitions. Funded by AHRQ.
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