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Leadership and non-verbal communication 

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Introduction: At university hospitals worldwide medical teachers find it difficult to get medical students to adopt the role as leader of emergency medical teams. Lack of leadership ultimately has a negative effect on patient mortality. Knowledge and research in the last 30 years does not offer any useful solution for teaching workable leadership training. Although non-verbal communication has an impact on communication between individuals it has had very little attention.

In the past two hundred years orchestral conductors have been trained in non-verbal communication to lead and coordinate teams - orchestras of maybe more than 100 musicians. Conductors, therefore, might have the required competence that is called for to optimize leadership in medical teams.

Aim of the study: To optimize leadership behavior in emergency medical teams. Endpoint: to reduce patient mortality in acute clinical situations.

Current research

Research Question: Is it possible to strengthen the communication of clinical team leaders by teaching/transferring an orchestral conductor's nonverbal communication skills with the aim of improving collaboration of the team in the treatment of acute patients?

The following subprojects in the PhD work planned:

  • Systematic Review: Is there any literature describing how doctors are trained / educated for the acute clinical leadership function?
  • Status article: A review of leadership training regarding the team leader in emergency scenarios. A prevalence study
  • Training of residents in the use of non-verbal communication as a team leader in emergency situations. Didactic Article
  • Results from a course in non-verbal communication for junior doctors

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