Tools for evaluating team performance in simulation-based training

Michael Rosen, Sallie Weaver, Elizabeth H. Lazzara, Eduardo Salas, Teresa Wu, Salvatore Silvestri, Nicola Schiebel, Sandra Almeida, Heidi B. King

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Teamwork training constitutes one of the core approaches for moving healthcare systems toward increased levels of quality and safety, and simulation provides a powerful method of delivering this training, especially for face-paced and dynamic specialty areas such as Emergency Medicine. Team performance measurement and evaluation plays an integral role in ensuring that simulation-based training for teams (SBTT) is systematic and effective. However, this component of SBTT systems is overlooked frequently. This article addresses this gap by providing a review and practical introduction to the process of developing and implementing evaluation systems in SBTT. First, an overview of team performance evaluation is provided. Second, best practices for measuring team performance in simulation are reviewed. Third, some of the prominent measurement tools in the literature are summarized and discussed relative to the best practices. Subsequently, implications of the review are discussed for the practice of training teamwork in Emergency Medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-359
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • simulation
  • Simulation-based team training
  • team evaluation
  • team performance
  • team performance measurement
  • team training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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Rosen, M., Weaver, S., Lazzara, E. H., Salas, E., Wu, T., Silvestri, S., ... King, H. B. (2010). Tools for evaluating team performance in simulation-based training. Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock, 3(4), 353-359.