The purpose of this article is to report findings from the preliminary evaluation of a major initiative to support the implementation of rapid response teams. From 2004 to 2006, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded diverse learning collaboratives fostering the implementation of rapid response teams. The authors report preliminary evaluation findings exploring the impact of rapid response teams "through the eyes of the nurse." Results may be especially useful to clinical and administrative leaders who are either preparing to implement rapid response teams or considering how to strengthen rapid response team initiatives in their settings.
Authors' Affiliations: Clinical Professor and Director (Dr Donaldson), Senior Nurse Scientist (Dr Shapiro), Center for Nursing Research and Innovation, San Francisco, California; Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor (Dr Scott), Department of Physiological Nursing, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco; Associate Director (Ms Foley), Center for Nursing Research and Innovation; and Associate Adjunct Professor (Dr Spetz), Community Health Systems, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco.
Corresponding author: Dr Donaldson, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, 2 Koret Way, N631, Box 0610, San Francisco, CA 4143-0610 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This study was funded through Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Rapid Response Team Evaluation Project grant no. 55702.