Interprofessional non-technical skills for surgeons in disaster response: A literature review

Anneliese Willems, Bruce Waxman, Andrew K. Bacon, Julian Smith, Simon Kitto

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Abstract

Natural disasters impose a significant burden on society. Current disaster training programmes do not place an emphasis on equipping surgeons with non-technical skills for disaster response. This literature review sought to identify non-technical skills required of surgeons in disaster response through an examination of four categories of literature: "disaster"; "surgical"; "organisational management"; and "interprofessional". Literature search criteria included electronic database searches, internet searches, hand searching, ancestry searching and networking strategies. Various potential non-technical skills for surgeons in disaster response were identified including: interpersonal skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership; cognitive strategies such flexibility, adaptability, innovation, improvisation and creativity; physical and psychological self-care; conflict management, collaboration, professionalism, health advocacy and teaching. Such skills and the role of interprofessionalism should be considered for inclusion in surgical disaster response training course curricula.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-386
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Interprofessional education
  • Literature review
  • Non-technical skills
  • Surgery
  • Teamwork

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