Grant Investigates How Teamwork Affects Care in the ICU

Understanding how diverse interprofessional teamwork affects complex care delivery is the focus of a grant led by Deena Kelly Costa, PhD, RN

Fall 2017 update: A study published in the  Journal of Critical Care confirms the importance of interprofessional collaboration in standardizing ICU care, finding that a series of interventions performed to manage delirium and weakness among adult ICU patients is more successfully implemented when diverse teams are frequently involved in those activities. More information.

With nearly $800,000 in funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Dr. Costa, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) and colleagues from nursing, medicine, and sociology examine how team structure and function can impact outcomes for patients on mechanical ventilation in four intensive care units (ICUs) in this K08 grant. Dr. Costa believes this research will provide novel insight into how best to organize ICU interprofessional teams, optimize how ICU teams work together to deliver complex care and ultimately improve outcomes for this high risk patient population.