Panel Discussion on Competencies for Teaming in Multiteam Systems

The NCI Teams Initiative organized a panel session to enhance the understanding of teaming well in multiteam systems at the 12th annual Interdisciplinary Network of Group ResearchExternal Web Site Policy conference in St. Louis, MO on July 22, 2017.

The focus of the session was to discuss and debate knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (KSAO) necessary for teaming well in cancer care delivery multiteam systems. Five stimulating and informative rapid-fire presentations led by team science researchers led to insightful and interactive feedback from session participants who explored whether current KSAOs in multiteam systems are appropriate for all kind of work in cancer care delivery.

Recommendations were made in the following areas: 1) more research on structural and human factors barriers; 2) explore training interventions acceptable to the workforce; 3) measure effectiveness of MTS team-based training; 4) instill acceptance of transparency in empathy and social skills among providers; and 5) encourage situation monitoring across teams. Understanding core competencies, barriers, and challenges of effective cancer care coordination will expand an area of needed research absent in the literature and NCI grant portfolio and will help improve healthcare delivery.