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August 1, 2018 An Evidence-based Intraoperative Communication Tool for Emergency General Surgery: A Pilot Study

CRICO-funded researchers developed and then piloted an evidence-based tool aimed at improving team communication in Emergency General Surgery.

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July 31, 2018 Hospital Mergers or Acquisitions May Cause Short-Term Patient Safety Issues

Drawing from a CRICO-funded study that found institutional partnerships and transactions might put patients at a higher risk for harm in the short run, this STAT op-ed piece emphasizes that “Improving the safety of patient care is possible during mergers and affiliations, but requires intentional efforts.”

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July 31, 2018 Viewpoint: Why Hospital Mergers Raise Patient Safety Problems

This Becker’s Hospital Review viewpoint offers six insights garnered from a July 31, 2018 STAT op-ed piece, written by Ariadne Labs researchers and CRICO’s president and CEO Mark Reynolds.

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High Performance Teamwork Training and Systems Redesign in Outpatient Oncology

  • January 23, 2013

In Research and Publication
Oncology care is delivered largely in ambulatory settings by interdisciplinary teams. Treatments are often complex, extended in time, dispersed geographically and vulnerable to teamwork failures. Learn how a team, with the help of CRICO grant money, addressed this risk during a pilot of a team training initiative in the breast cancer program at a comprehensive cancer center.


The researchers concluded, “Team training improved communication, task coordination and perceptions of efficiency, quality, safety and interactions among team members as well as patient perception of care coordination.”

Read the article abstract at:

Bunnell CA, Gross AH, Weingart SN, et al. High performance teamwork training and systems redesign in outpatient oncology. BMJ Qual Saf 2013;22:405–13.  [Epub ahead of print]