More Information: For Collaboration in Practice: Implementing Team-Based Care

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has identified the following resources that may be helpful for ob-gyns, other health care providers and patients on topics related to Collaboration in Practice: Implementing Team-Based Care and its Executive Summary. These materials are for information purposes only and are not meant to be comprehensive. Referral to these resources does not imply ACOG’s endorsement of the organization, the organization’s website, or the content of the resource. The resources may change without notice.

External Resources
Communication Strategies
Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation (SBAR)
Originally developed by the United States Navy, SBAR has been adopted by hospitals and care facilities around the world as a simple yet effective way to standardize communication between care givers. This overview by Safer Healthcare explains the basics of the model and how it promotes quality and patient safety.

Teach-back Training
Teach-back is a method of communicating with patients to confirm understanding and promote adherence, quality, and patient safety. This toolkit, produced by UnityPoint Health, The Picker Institute, Des Moines University, and Health Literacy Iowa, provides information for health care providers and their supervisors on using the Teach-back method.

Ask Me 3: Good Questions for Your Good Health
This educational program from the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) encourages patients and families to ask three specific questions of their providers to better understand their health conditions and what they need to do to stay healthy.

Shared Decision Making and Patient Engagement
The SHARE Approach
The SHARE Approach, developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), outlines five steps for shared decision making by patients and providers. AHRQ’s website offers many resources for implementation, including a printable poster (PDF) summarizing the five steps and a "Know Your Options" office poster (PDF) listing three questions patients should ask to better understand and choose among treatment options.

Shared Decision Making Activities
Medscape’s Shared Decision Making webpage lists CME activities providers can complete to learn more about patient-centered care and patient-provider collaboration.

Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Surveys
HCAHPS provides PDF survey instruments from their Quality Assurance Guidelines in six languages. These survey instruments can be used to obtain patient feedback regarding team-based care received during a hospital stay.

Quality Field Notes: Engaging Patients Improves Health and Health Care
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation offers a variety of resources on patient-centered healthcare and explains how engaging patients can improve outcomes.

Professional Development
Clinical Team Training from the Veterans Affairs (VA) National Center for Patient Safety
The VA’s Clinical Team Training (CTT) program offers an opportunity for clinicians to improve patient safety and job satisfaction by facilitating clear and timely communication through collaborative teamwork in the clinical workplace.

Interprofessional Continuing Education
Medscape offers a variety of Interprofessional Continuing Education resources and CME activities to promote collaborative learning and team-based care.


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