Clinician Champions

Frontline care providers will be asked to change some of their long-standing communication habits and many will be resistant to this change. Clinical leaders are needed who support the initiative, are able to influence the practice of their colleagues, and can address issues that arise.21 To identify potential champions, consider which disciplines or areas of practice will be affected most by the proposed change based on your knowledge of local patterns of abbreviation use. Champions can be engaged directly as part of the project team, or serve as a resource to the team, providing a critical liaison with their colleagues when necessary.