Shared Mental Model in VATS Lobectomy
Since the introduction of video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy more than 25 years ago, the focus for thoracic surgeons has been to enhance the surgeon’s technical skills. This has been implemented with success across the world, and a minimal invasive approach to lung cancer is standard of care in many units today. However, major intraoperative complications occur occasionally. To improve patient outcome and safety, it is important that the entire team perform at a high level.
Teamwork and nontechnical skills are mandatory for the team to be successful. A shared mental model is a knowledge structure that enables team members to form accurate explanations, expectations, coordination of actions, and adaptation of behavior to the demands of the task and other team members. In other words: “all team members must be on the same page for optimal performance.” The author also presents results from a nationwide study in Denmark.
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