Behavioral crisis management: A quality improvement pilot for improving teamwork in a primary care pediatric setting.

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Lebet: 0000-0001-6805-9461

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Journal of pediatric nursing

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INTRODUCTION: Children with behavioral escalations in the primary care office may pose safety risks to themselves and others. Interprofessional teams utilizing crisis resource management (CRM) skills more successfully manage behavioral crises. The purpose of this quality improvement (QI) pilot project was to improve team performance during a behavioral crisis in pediatric primary care, as well as evaluate learner satisfaction with the curriculum.

METHOD: We implemented an evidence-based curriculum using simulation and didactic techniques in primary care offices within a pediatric network. Using a one group pre-post design, we evaluated roles, communication, and patient-centered care with the KidSIM Team Performance Scale. Utilizing a post intervention survey, learner feedback was elicited regarding learning environment, facilitators and barriers to learning, skill of facilitator, and usability and applicability of content.

FINDINGS: 101 interprofessional participants attended one of eight educational sessions. KidSIM Team Performance Scale results demonstrated statistically significant improved total team performance in a simulated behavioral crisis (Z = -2.52, p = 0.012). Post simulation evaluation demonstrated positive feedback about the program, content and facilitators.

DISCUSSION: This pilot QI project demonstrated that a curriculum using behavioral simulation scenarios and CRM principles can improve teamwork in an interprofessional primary care office. Additionally, participants overwhelmingly indicated satisfaction with the curriculum.

APPLICATION TO PRACTICE: Ensuring staff have the appropriate skills to manage behavioral health crises facilitates safer and more effective patient care, enhances patient-centered care and solidifies a positive staff approach in the pediatric ambulatory setting.



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