Interdisciplinary differences in patient safety culture within a teaching hospital in Southeast Asia

Krishnasamy, Karthikayini and Tan, Maw Pin and Zakaria, Mohd Idzwan (2021) Interdisciplinary differences in patient safety culture within a teaching hospital in Southeast Asia. International Journal of Clinical Practice, 75 (8). ISSN 1368-5031, DOI

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Background Patient safety represents a global issue which leads to potentially avoidable morbidity and mortality. The healthcare providers perception and their role are utmost important in delivering quality care and patient safety. This study aimed to determine the interdisciplinary differences in patient safety culture in a tertiary university hospital. Method A cross-sectional study using the Safety Attitude Questionnaire (SAQ) self-administered electronically in the English and Malay languages to evaluate safety culture domains. A positive percentage agreement scores of 60% was considered satisfactory. Comparisons were made between doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, nursing assistants and support staff. Results Of 6562 respondents, 5724 (80.4%) completed the questionnaire; 3930 (74.5%) women, 2263 (42.9%) nurses, and 1812 (34.2%) had 6-10 years of working experience. The mean overall positive percentage agreement scores were 66.2 (range = 31.1 to 84.7%), with job satisfaction (72.3% +/- 21.9%) and stress recognition (58.3 +/- 25.6%) representing the highest and lowest mean domain scores, respectively. Differences were observed between all five job categories. Linear regression analyses revealed that the other four job categories scored lower in teamwork, safety climate, job satisfaction and working conditions compared to nurses. Conclusions The overall mean SAQ score was above the satisfactory level, with unsatisfactory percentage agreement scores in the stress recognition domain. Interventions to improve patient safety culture should be developed, focusing on stress management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Domains; Patient safety; Patient safety culture; Safety Attitude Questionnaire
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 07:09
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2022 07:09

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