Summary: Promoting interprofessional collaboration in oncology through a teamwork skills simulation programme

By | 29th July 2016
Outcomes in clinical oncology can be improved when care is delivered by high-performance teams. 
A study by James, Page, and Sprague was conducted with the purpose of developing interprofessional team training opportunities using simulated cancer care scenarios to enhance collaborative practice skills within clinical oncology. 

Scenarios were developed based on internal needs assessment and review of patient safety data. Paired teams of haematology-oncology nurses and fellows completed the patient management scenarios, followed by debriefing and performance feedback. Twenty-three learners participated in two separate sessions.

The research design consisted of an observational case study and questionnaire of participants in a cross-sectional analysis. All participants responded with scores of 4–5 on a 5-point Likert scale regarding the perceived value of the training programme and its effectiveness in developing skills in teamwork and communication. Simulation-based team training scenarios were successfully implemented into an interprofessional curriculum for haematology-oncology nurses and fellows. Participants valued the experience and indicated that they acquired new knowledge, skills, and attitudes to enhance interprofessional collaboration in cancer care. 

These types of training programmes have the potential to transform cancer care by creating high-performing teams resulting in improved patient outcomes, enhanced clinical effectiveness, and higher levels of satisfaction among patients, families, and healthcare providers.

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