Measuring perceptions of safety climate in primary care: a cross-sectional study

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  • Johnson P
  • Mash R
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Abstract

Rationale, aims and objectivesGÇé Building a strong and positive safety culture in health care teams and organizations is essential for patient safety. Measuring individual perceptions of safety climate is an integral part of this process. Evidence of the successful application and potential usefulness of this approach is increasingly available for secondary care settings but little is known about the safety climate in UK primary care. We therefore aimed to measure perceptions of safety climate in primary care. Further aims were to determine whether perceptions varied significantly between practice teams and according to specific participant and practice characteristics. MethodGÇé We undertook a cross-sectional, anonymous postal questionnaire survey of randomly selected west of Scotland primary care teams. Safety climate mean scores with standard deviations were calculated for respondents, practice teams and the region. ResultsGÇé A total of 563 (84%) team members from 49 practices (24.5%) returned questionnaires. The overall safety climate mean score was 5.48 (0.78). Significant differences in safety climate perceptions were found at the practice team level (P-á

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Authors

  • Wet C De

  • Paul Johnson

  • Robert Mash

  • Alex McConnachie

  • Paul Bowie

  • Carl de Wet

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