Survey Helps Hospitals Measure and Improve Patient Safety Culture
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The Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture is a new tool to help hospitals and health systems evaluate employee attitudes about patient safety in their facilities or within specific units.



Newswise - HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality just announced a new tool to help hospitals and health systems evaluate employee attitudes about patient safety in their facilities or within specific units. The Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, being released in partnership with Premier, Inc., the Department of Defense, and the American Hospital Association, addresses a critical aspect of patient safety improvement: measuring organizational conditions that can lead to adverse events and patient harm.

"Improving patient safety is not just a function of having the best research findings available," said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. "There has to be an environment or culture that encourages health professionals to share information about patient safety problems and actions that can be taken to make care safer, and that also supports making any changes needed in how care is delivered."

Assessments of patient safety culture typically include an evaluation of a variety of organizational factors that have an impact on patient safety, including: awareness about safety issues, evaluating specific patient safety interventions, tracking changes in patient safety over time, setting internal and external benchmarks, and fulfilling regulatory requirements or other directives.

"Premier considers health care organizations' ongoing evaluation of the safety culture in their facilities as a basic yet crucial step in improving safety and overall quality. This tool will be valuable in targeting interventions and then measuring their success over time," said Gina Pugliese, R.N., M.S., vice president of Premier's Safety Institute.

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