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The impact of Huddles on a multidisciplinary healthcare teams’ work engagement, teamwork, and job satisfaction: a systematic review
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  • Brendan Rowan,
  • Sabrina Anjara,
  • Aoife De Brún,
  • Steve MacDonald,
  • Emma Kearns,
  • Michael Marnane,
  • Eilish McAuliffe
Brendan Rowan
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
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Sabrina Anjara
UCD
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Aoife De Brún
UCD
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Steve MacDonald
University of Limerick
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Emma Kearns
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
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Michael Marnane
The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Department of Neurology
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Eilish McAuliffe
UCD
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Abstract

Job satisfaction and retention of healthcare staff remains an ongoing issue in many health systems. Huddles have been endorsed as a mechanism to improve patient safety by improving teamwork, collaboration, and communication in teams. This study synthesizes the literature to investigate the impact of huddles on job satisfaction, teamwork, and work engagement in multidisciplinary healthcare teams. Five academic databases were searched to conduct a systematic review of peer-reviewed literature published from January 2000 – January 2020. Articles were included if they (1) featured a daily huddle, were conducted in a healthcare setting, and involved a multidisciplinary team and (2) measured variables including job satisfaction, work engagement, or teamwork. Results were reported in accordance with the Systematic Synthesis Without Meta-analysis (SWiM) and Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) guidelines. We identified 445 articles of which 12 met the eligibility criteria and are included in this review. All 12 studies found a predominantly positive impact on teamwork and job satisfaction. None of the studies discussed or reported evidence of the impact of huddles on work engagement. This review highlights the value of a daily multidisciplinary healthcare team huddle in improving job satisfaction and teamwork for the healthcare staff involved. However, there is a dearth of high-quality, peer-reviewed evidence regarding the direct impact of huddles on job satisfaction, teamwork and in particular on work engagement. Further research – particularly controlled studies on adoption, implementation, and outcomes for healthcare team culture – is needed to further assess this intervention.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

09 Sep 2021Submitted to Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
24 Sep 2021Submission Checks Completed
24 Sep 2021Assigned to Editor
11 Oct 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
23 Nov 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
24 Nov 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
26 Nov 20211st Revision Received
27 Nov 2021Submission Checks Completed
27 Nov 2021Assigned to Editor
30 Nov 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
30 Nov 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
09 Dec 20212nd Revision Received
10 Dec 2021Submission Checks Completed
10 Dec 2021Assigned to Editor
14 Dec 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
14 Dec 2021Editorial Decision: Accept