The Jefferson Teamwork Observation Guide (JTOG) Using a Mobile Application Platform to Assess Behavior of Interprofessional Teams


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Evidence shows that interprofessional education (IPE) prepares students for collaborative practice in the workplace, which in turn helps to achieve the Triple Aim (WHO, 2010; IHI, n.d.). Yet, teaching students to become effective interprofessional team members is complex. One effective strategy is for them to observe practice teams in action. However, most students are not specifically instructed how to recognize effective teamwork behaviors, nor are there short, easy-to-use, competency-based tools to measure characteristics of high functioning teams. Thus, the Jefferson Teamwork Observation Guide (JTOG) was developed. This session will describe the evolution of the JTOG from a paper evaluation of real teams in action to a validated, mobile application prototype allowing for 360 degree evaluation of teamwork and enhanced data collection. It will address challenges associated with preparing students for collaborative practice and with assessing behaviors (not attitudes) associated with teamwork from the learner, preceptor, peer and patient/caregiver perspectives.



1. Explain the value of assessing students', preceptors', and patients'/caregivers' understanding of team approaches to patient care.

2. Describe the JTOG tool as a method to measure interprofessional education competencies in educational, simulation, and practice settings.

3. Prepare to implement the JTOG mobile application prototype in settings with students, preceptors, and/or patients and caregivers.

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