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Abt Associates lands 16-month U.S. Army contract

Rockville-based Abt Associates was awarded a 16-month contract to update the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) TeamSTEPPS training curriculum.

TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based set of teamwork tools, aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. Since its introduction over 15 years ago, TeamSTEPPS has been taught to hundreds of thousands of health care students and professionals to enhance the quality of their teamwork and communication, making care safer for their patients.

While core concepts will not change, the curriculum needs to be updated to adapt to an environment in which virtual communication is more prevalent, the health care workforce is far more diverse, and the need to reduce disparities and promote equity is better understood. In response to these challenges, AHRQ has selected Abt to provide updates and integrate the agency’s current collection of teamwork tools and resources to better support the needs of 21st-century health care teams and patients.

Abt is partnering with Ariadne Labs to produce updated training videos and will use a network of highly experienced TeamSTEPPS trainers and users to ensure the updated curriculum meets the needs of the entire TeamSTEPPS community.

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