Measuring ward-based multidisciplinary healthcare team functioning: a validation study of the Team Functioning Assessment Tool (TFAT)

Sutton, Gigi, Liao, Jenny, Jimmieson, Nerina L. and Restubog, Simon L. D. (2013) Measuring ward-based multidisciplinary healthcare team functioning: a validation study of the Team Functioning Assessment Tool (TFAT). Journal for Healthcare Quality, 35 4: 36-49. doi:10.1111/jhq.12010


Author Sutton, Gigi
Liao, Jenny
Jimmieson, Nerina L.
Restubog, Simon L. D.
Title Measuring ward-based multidisciplinary healthcare team functioning: a validation study of the Team Functioning Assessment Tool (TFAT)
Journal name Journal for Healthcare Quality   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1062-2551
1945-1474
Publication date 2013-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jhq.12010
Volume 35
Issue 4
Start page 36
End page 49
Total pages 14
Place of publication Malden, MA, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract The team functioning assessment tool (TFAT) has been shown to be a reliable behavioral marker tool for assessing nontechnical skills that are critical to the success of ward-based healthcare teams. This paper aims to refine and shorten the length of the TFAT to improve usability, and establish its reliability and construct validity. Psychometric testing based on 110 multidisciplinary healthcare teams demonstrated that the TFAT is a reliable and valid tool for measuring team members’ nontechnical skills in regards to Clinical Planning, Executive Tasks, and Team Functioning. Providing support for concurrent validity, high TFAT ratings were predicted by low levels of organizational constraints and high levels of group potency. There was also partial support for the negative relationships between time pressure, leadership ambiguity, and TFAT ratings. The paper provides a discussion on the applicability of the tool for assessing multidisciplinary healthcare team functioning in the context of improving team effectiveness and patient safety for ward-based hospital teams.
Keyword Behavioral marker methodology
Crew/crisis resource management
Multidisciplinary healthcare teams
Nontechnical skills
Team functioning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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