Tools for monitoring teams in emergency management: EMBAM and TBM

Chris Bearman, Sophia Rainbird, Benjamin Brooks, Christine Owen, Steve Curnin

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Effective teamwork is an important component of emergency management. However, from time-to-time teamwork may break down, particularly in a complex system like emergency management. It is important that people who have operational oversight of teams are able to detect if a team has a problem and can help the team modify its functioning. A literature review identified methods of monitoring teams from the position of operational oversight. Based on this review two methods of team monitoring were chosen for further evaluation. A preliminary evaluation study of each tool during a simulated emergency exercise suggests they both have potential. This is the first stage of an ongoing research program where team monitoring tools will be further developed using iterative design cycles of development and evaluation. In this way methods of monitoring teams from the position of operational oversight that are effective in an emergency management context can be developed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-43
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Journal of Emergency Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Safety Research

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