Training of non-verbal communication in acute clinical teams - What doctors can learn from an orchestral conductor's skill

Project man​​ager

Ture Larsen

​Project ow​​ner

Randi Beier-Holgersen

Project gro​up

Ture Larsen, Randi Beier-Holgersen, Peter Dieckman & Doris Østergaard

Th​esis aim

To optimize leadership behavior in emergency medical teams. Endpoint: to improve team leadership in emergencies - ultimately to reduce patient mortality in acute clinical situations.

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?


At university hospitals worldwide medical teachers find it difficult to get medical students to rise to the occation 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. Conductors, therefore, might have the required competence that is called for to optimize leadership in medical teams.

The following subprojects in the PhD work planned:

  • Training residents to lead emergency teams: A Systematic Review
  • Barriers, Challenges and Learning Goals concerning training residents to lead emergencies: a Qualitative Review
  • Conducting the emergency team: A novel way to train the team-leader for emergencies


Team Management - Can music contribute to better understanding? MedEd Publish


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